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Program 2023-2024:

Program 2022-2023:

18/8: Asbjørn Nordentoft (Paris)
Room: Aud 10
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Non-vanishing of finite order twists of L-functions via horizontal p-adic L-functions
Abstract: Goldfeld’s Conjecture predicts that exactly 50% of quadratic twists of a fixed elliptic curve will have L-function vanishing at the central point. Similarly when considering the non-vanishing of higher order twists of elliptic curves, it has been predicted by David-Fearnly-Kisilevsky that a 100% should be non-vanishing. Very little is known beyond the quadratic case as the problem lies beyond the current technology of analytic number theory. In this talk I will present an algebraic approach relying on the p-adic interpolation of certain twisted moments of L-functions using a ‘horizontal p-adic L-function’ . I will also present applications to simultaneous non-vanishing. This is joint work in preparation with Daniel Kriz.

24/7: Ikuya Kaneko (California Institute of Technology)
Room: 04.4.01
Notice: 14:00-15:00
Title: Bounds for Averages of Shifted Convolution Sums
Abstract: I will discuss averages of shifted convolution sums associated to Hecke–Maass cusp forms for GL(3) via the circle method, Voronoi and Poisson summation, and a finite field analogue of van der Corput differencing for exponential sums. Immediate consequences of the main result include nontrivial bounds for the second moment of GL(3) L-functions in the t-aspect and the q-aspect as well as bootstrapped subconvex bounds for self-dual GL(3)×GL(2) L-functions in the spectral aspect. If time permits, I will also highlight some arithmetic implications for zero density estimates and the Rankin–Selberg problem. This is joint work with Maksym Radziwill at the University of Texas at Austin.

19/6: Marco D'Addezio (Paris)
Room: Aud 9
Notice: 14:00-15:00
Title: Hecke orbits on Shimura varieties
Abstract: I will talk about the proof of the Hecke orbit conjecture for Shimura varieties of Hodge type. This is a conjecture proposed by Chai and Oort on the geometry of the reduction modulo p of Shimura varieties. After recalling the statement, I will explain how to linearise the problem using some “generalised Serre-Tate coordinates” on central leaves. Subsequently, I will explain how the monodromy groups of F-isocrystals enter into the picture. This is a joint work with Pol van Hoften.

17/5: Giovanni Rosso (Concordia University)
Room: A106
Notice: 10:00-11:00
Title: Overconvergent Eichler–Shimura morphism for families of Siegel modular forms
Abstract: Classical results of Eichler and Shimura decompose the cohomology of certain local systems on the modular curve in terms of holomorphic and anti-holomorphic modular forms. A similar result has been proved by Faltings for the etale cohomology of the modular curve and Faltings' result has been partly generalised to Coleman families by Andreatta–Iovita–Stevens. In this talk, based on joint work with Hansheng Diao and Ju-Feng Wu, I will explain how one constructs a morphism from the overconvergent cohomology of GSp2g to the space of families of Siegel modular forms. This can be seen as a first step in an Eichler-Shimura decomposition for overconvergent cohomology and involves a new definition of the sheaf of overconvergent Siegel modular forms using the Hodge–Tate map at infinite level. If time allows it, I'll explain how one can hope to use higher Coleman theory to find a complete analogue of the classical Eichler–Shimura decomposition in small slope.

24/3: Fabien Pazuki (KU)
Room: Aud 9
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Isogeny volcanos: an ordinary inverse problem
Abstract: We prove that any abstract ℓ-volcano graph can be realized as a connected component of the ℓ-isogeny graph of an ordinary elliptic curve defined over 𝔽p, where ℓ and p are two different primes. This is joint work with Henry Bambury and Francesco Campagna.

17/3: Kimingala: celebrating Ian Kiming's mathematics
Room: Aud 4
Notice: 13:00-18:15

16/2-23/3: Helene Esnault
Room: Aud 9
Notice: 10:00-12:00
Title: Lectures on Local Systems

20/1: Robert Wilms (Basel)
Room: Aud 8
Notice: 13:15-14:15
Title: On equidistribution in Arakelov theory.
Abstract: In Arakelov theory one studies line bundles on varieties over the integers equipped with hermitian metrics. I will show that if such a line bundle is arithmetically ample, the divisors of the sections of its tensor powers almost always tend to equidistribute with respect to the first Chern class of the line bundle. The proof relies on an analogue result in complex analysis and geometry of numbers. As an motivating example, I will deduce an equidistribution result for the zero sets of integer polynomials.

13/1: Haoyang Guo (MPIM Bonn)
Room: Aud 9
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: A prismatic approach to Fontaine's Ccrys
Abstract: Given a smooth proper scheme over a p-adic ring of integers, Fontaine's Ccrys conjecture states that the étale cohomology of its generic fiber is isomorphic to the crystalline cohomology of its special fiber, after base changing them to the crystalline period ring. In this talk, we give a prismatic proof of the conjecture, for general coefficients, in the relative setting, and allowing ramified base rings. This is a joint work with Emanuel Reinecke.

21/12: Andrea Dotto (Chicago)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 16:00-16:50
Title: Multiplicity one and Breuil--Kisin cohomology of Shimura curves.
Abstract: The multiplicity of Hecke eigenspaces in the mod p cohomology of Shimura curves is a classical invariant which has been computed in significant generality when the group splits at p. These results have recently found interesting applications to the mod p Langlands correspondence for GL_2 over unramified p-adic fields. As a first step towards extending these to nonsplit quaternion algebras, we prove a new multiplicity one theorem in the nonsplit case. The main idea of the proof is to use the Breuil--Kisin module associated to a finite flat model of the cohomology to reduce the problem to a known statement about modular forms on totally definite quaternion algebras.

21/12: David Lilienfeldt (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Room: Aud 7
Notice: 13:00-13:50
Title: Experiments with Ceresa classes of cyclic Fermat quotients
Abstract: Let C be a curve of genus g > 2 embedded in its Jacobian J. The Ceresa cycle C-[-1]*C is a homologically trivial algebraic cycle of codimension g-1 on J. When C is hyperelliptic, this cycle is trivial modulo algebraic equivalence, whereas for a general curve C it is non-trivial by work of Ceresa. Recently, the first example of a non-hyperelliptic curve with torsion Ceresa cycle modulo algebraic equivalence was found by Beauville and Schoen. Inspired by their work, we give two new examples of non-hyperelliptic curves whose Ceresa cycles have torsion images under the complex Abel-Jacobi map. All three examples (including the one of Beauville and Schoen) are cyclic quotients of Fermat curves. In all three cases we compute the central order of vanishing of the L-function of the relevant motive. For our genus 3 example, the central L-value is non-vanishing and the cycle is torsion modulo algebraic equivalence, consistent with the conjectures of Beilinson and Bloch. This is joint work with Ari Shnidman.

19/12: Zhining Wei (Ohio State)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 15:15-16:05
Title: The linear independence of Siegel Poincare series and the non-vanishing of central values
Abstract: In this talk, I will talk about the non-vanishing of central values for Siegel cusp forms. This is based on the linear independence of Siegel Poincare series and the Bocherer’s conjecture, which was proved by Furusawa and Morimoto.

19/12: Antonio Cauchi (Concordia University)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 14:00-14:50
Title: Algebraic cycles and functorial lifts from G2 to PGSp(6)
Abstract: The relation between the poles of automorphic L-functions and the non-vanishing of automorphic periods is often linked to questions in Langlands functoriality. In the case when the L-function is motivic, this correspondence can have applications to the arithmetic of the motive in question. In this talk, we examine an instance of this phenomenon in the case where the spin L-function of cuspidal automorphic representations of PGSp(6) has a simple pole at s=1. In particular, we describe the construction of certain algebraic cycles in the Siegel sixfold, whose regulator is related to the residue at s=1 of the spin L-function, and explain their role in the proof of a conjecture of Gross and Savin on the construction of seven dimensional motives with Galois group of type G2. This is joint work with Francesco Lemma and Joaquin Rodrigues Jacinto.

14/12: Abhishek Oswal (Caltech)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 19:00-19:50
Title: A p-adic analogue of Borel's algebraization theorem for Shimura varieties of abelian type
Abstract: Suppose S is a Shimura variety such that every connected component of the space of complex points S(C) of S is a quotient of a Hermitian symmetric domain by the action of a torsion-free arithmetic group. Borel proved that any holomorphic map from a complex algebraic variety into the complex manifold S(C) is algebraic. In this talk, I shall describe joint work with Ananth Shankar and Xinwen Zhu, where we prove a p-adic analogue of this result of Borel for compact Shimura varieties of abelian type.

14/12: Tristan Phillips (University of Arizona)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 16:15-17:05
Title: Counting Points on Modular Curves over Global Fields
Abstract: Let E be an elliptic curve over a number field K. The Mordell-Weil Theorem states that the set of rational points E(K) of E forms a finitely generated abelian group. In particular, we may write E(K)≅ E(K)tors⊕ ℤr, where E(K)tors is a finite torsion group, called the torsion subgroup of E, and r is a non-negative integer, called the rank of E. In this talk I will discuss some results regarding how frequently elliptic curves with a prescribed torsion subgroup occur, and how one can bound the average analytic rank of elliptic curves over arbitrary number fields. One of the main ideas behind these results is to use methods from Diophantine geometry to count points of bounded height on modular curves. If time permits, I will discuss ongoing work on a function field analog of some of these results, which have applications to the arithmetic statistics of Drinfeld modules.

14/12: Keshav Aggarwal (Renyi)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 15:10-16:00
Title: Short second moment and subconvexity for GL(3) L-functions
Abstract: We bound a short second moment average of GL(3) and GL(3) x GL(1) L-functions. These yield t-aspect and depth aspect subconvexity bounds respectively, and improve upon the earlier subconvexity exponents. This moment estimate provides an analogue for cusp forms of Ivic's bound for the sixth moment of the zeta function, and is the first time a short second moment has been used to obtain a subconvex bound in higher rank. This is a joint work with Ritabrata Munshi and Wing Hong Leung.

2/12: Paul Nelson (Aarhus)
Room: Aud 9
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: The orbit method, microlocal analysis and applications to L-functions
Abstract: L-functions are generalizations of the Riemann zeta function. Their analytic properties control the asymptotic behavior of prime numbers in various refined senses. Conjecturally, every L-function is a "standard L-function" arising from an automorphic form. A problem of recurring interest, with widespread applications, has been to establish nontrivial bounds for L-functions. I will survey some recent results addressing this problem. The proofs involve the analysis of integrals of automorphic forms, approached through the lens of representation theory. I will emphasize the role played by the orbit method, developed in a quantitative form along the lines of microlocal analysis. The results/methods to be surveyed are the subject of the following papers/preprints:

11/11: Adrien Morin (bordeaux)
Room: Aud 7
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Special values of L-functions for Z-constructible sheaves in dimension 1
Abstract: Weil-étale cohomology is a conjectural cohomology theory for arithmetic schemes that is better behaved than étale cohomology and has conjectural links to special values of zeta functions. In this talk, I will explain how one can define in dimension 1 the Weil-étale cohomology with compact support of a Z-constructible sheaf and link it with the special value at s=0 of the corresponding L-function. There are three special cases of interest: one obtains a cohomological formula for the special value at s=0 of the spectrum of an order in a number field, generalizing the analytic class number formula, a formula for the special value at s=0 of an Artin L-function associated to a rational representation of the Galois group of a global field, and finally the formula for a constructible sheaf recovers Tate's formula for the Euler characteristic of a number field.

24/10: Michael Björklund (Chalmers)
Room: Aud 10
Notice: 15:00-16:00
Title: On the long-range dependence (hyperuniformity) in quasi-crystalline point processes
Abstract: A quasi-crystallline point process is a translation-invariant probability measure on the space of uniformly discrete configurations in a Euclidean space whose difference sets are uniformly discrete approximate subgroups. Prominent examples stem from cut-and-projecting higher dimensional periodic point processes, as well as thinned versions thereof. In this talk we discuss the long-range dependence in such point processes, by which we mean the asymptotic behavior of the diffraction measure of shrinking balls, centered around zero (I will explain the terminology). It turns out that the strength of long-range dependence has to do with Diophantine properties of the quasi-crystalline random point sets, and using very well-approximable numbers, it is possible to construct quasi-crystalline point processes whose second-order behaviors are even super-Poissonian (the nomenclature will be explained). If time permits, I will also mention some new long range phenomena which appear for quasi-crystalline processes in other commutative spaces, such as Heisenberg groups and symmetric spaces (both real and S-adic). Based on joint works with Tobias Hartnick (Karlsruhe).

2/9: Shanta Laishram (ISI Delhi)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: On the stability of certain higher degree polynomials.
Abstract: We study the stability of f(z)=zd+1/c for d≥3, c∈Z∖{0}. We show that whenever f(z) is irreducible over Q, all its iterates are irreducible over Q, that is, f(z) is stable over Q for infinitely many values of d. This is a joint work with R. Sarma and H. Sharma.

26/8: Naina Ralaivaosaona (Stellenbosch University)
Room: Aud 10
Notice: 16:15-17:15
Title: The phase transition in random digraphs
Abstract: Directed graphs (or digraphs) are graphs in which the edges are oriented. These structures are just as important as the undirected graphs; they occur naturally in many applications. For example, directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) are the underlying structure of Bayesian Networks. Random undirected graphs have been studied extensively in the literature since the seminal work of Erdős and Rényi in 1959. One of the most spectacular results in the theory of random graphs is the so-called sharp threshold phenomenon. This phenomenon is also known to occur for random digraphs. However, the structure of digraphs through the critical phase remains largely unknown. Recently, we considered an analytic approach to the analysis of digraphs using generating functions and advanced contour integration techniques. In this talk, I will introduce these techniques and discuss some of the results that we obtained from them. This talk is based on joint work with Dovgal, De Panafieu, Rasendrahasina, and Wagner.

Program 2021-2022:

26/8: Naina Ralaivaosaona (Stellenbosch University)
Room: Aud 10
Notice: 16:15-17:15
Title: The phase transition in random digraphs
Abstract: Directed graphs (or digraphs) are graphs in which the edges are oriented. These structures are just as important as the undirected graphs; they occur naturally in many applications. For example, directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) are the underlying structure of Bayesian Networks. Random undirected graphs have been studied extensively in the literature since the seminal work of Erdős and Rényi in 1959. One of the most spectacular results in the theory of random graphs is the so-called sharp threshold phenomenon. This phenomenon is also known to occur for random digraphs. However, the structure of digraphs through the critical phase remains largely unknown. Recently, we considered an analytic approach to the analysis of digraphs using generating functions and advanced contour integration techniques. In this talk, I will introduce these techniques and discuss some of the results that we obtained from them. This talk is based on joint work with Dovgal, De Panafieu, Rasendrahasina, and Wagner.

26/8: Bart Michels (Paris) and Felicien Comtat (London)
Room: Aud 2
Notice: 13:15-16:00
Title and Abstract: Both talks are also part of our Masterclass 'Relative Trace Formulae'; see its website for title and abstracts of the talks.

5/8: Samuel Le Fourn (Grenoble)
Room: Aud 10
Notice: 11:00-12:00
Title: Growth of torsion groups of a fixed abelian variety over varying number fields.
Abstract: Fixing an abelian variety A over a number field K, the Mordell-Weil theorem implies that for every finite extension L/K, the torsion group of A(L) is finite. The growth of this group is polynomial in [L:K], with an optimal exponent conjectured by Hindry and Ratazzi in 2012. In a joint work with Davide Lombardo and David Zywina, we prove that this conjecture is equivalent to the Mumford-Tate conjecture. I will explain in this talk parts of the proof, in particular how monodromy groups dictate the growth of the l-torsion for a prime l.

4/7: Nuno Hultberg
Room: Aud 7
Notice: 15:00-16:00
Title: Mordell-Weil beyond number fields
Abstract: On an elliptic curve E over a number field K there are two ways to define a notion of height. There is the intrinsic notion of the Neron-Tate height compatible with the group structure and the more explicit notion the Weil height depending on an embedding into projective space. The two notions of height differ only by a bounded amount. The Mordell-Weil theorem stating that E(K) is finitely generated perfectly illustrates the power of this fact. Trying to apply the strategy to fields L lying inside the field of algebraic numbers leads to interesting subtleties. While we may still obtain information on the structure of E(L) using the Neron-Tate height, it is more difficult to use properties of L to deduce facts on the Neron-Tate height, but sometimes possible.

27/6: Leo Dubocs
Room: 04.4.01
Notice: 11:00-12:00
Title: A proof of the Schinzel-Zassenhaus conjecture, following V. Dimitrov
Abstract: In a recent breakthrough, Vesselin Dimitrov proved the following result: If P is an integer, monic, irreducible, non-cyclotomic polynomial of degree n, then its roots αi satisfy : max|αi| ≥ 21/4n. This proves a conjecture due to A. Schinzel and H. Zassenhaus, dating back to the 60s. In this talk, I will explain the tools used in Dimitrov's approach, in particular the notion of transfinite diameter, then I will give his proof of the conjecture.

27/6: Alexandre Roy
Room: 04.4.01
Notice: 10:00-11:00
Title: The number of number fields with fixed degree and bounded discriminant
Abstract: A folk conjecture is that the number of number fields with fixed degree and discriminant smaller than X in absolute value grows as a constant times X. I will present proofs from Bhargava of this fact on some specific degree and I will present some lower and upper bounds on the general case from Ellenberg and Venkatesh, Couveignes, Lemke and Thorne. In particular, I will use results from Minkowski on lattices and show how it can be used in this situation.

14/6: Peter Dillery
Room: Aud 3 at AKB
Notice: 13:00-14:00 and 14:15-15:15
Title: The local Langlands conjectures
Part 1: The local Langlands conjectures: We introduce the local Langlands conjectures---results that allow one to pass from a representation of an algebraic group G over a local field F to representations of the Galois group of F, building up to a conjectural parametrization of L- packets (the fibers of the above map) for quasi-split reductive groups, taking care to introduce all the relevant machinery and provide examples. We also briefly discuss endoscopy—a version of “functoriality" in the context of the Langlands program.
Part 2: Inner forms and the local Langlands: We talk about how inner forms of groups can be used to parametrize L-packets for arbitrary reductive groups, focusing in particular on when we should declare two inner forms equivalent, and the impact that this has on the study of endoscopy. We also connect inner forms to isocrystals and, time-permitting, discuss how isocrystals and, more generally, inner forms relate to the Fargues-Scholze construction of the correspondence, and how one can generalize the Fargues-Scholze construction beyond isocrystals.

Room: Aud 10

6/4: Jerson Caro (PUC Chile)
Room: Aud 8
Notice: 14:00-15:00
Title: Watkins’ conjecture for semi-stable elliptic curves
Abstract: In 2002 M. Watkins conjectured that for every elliptic curve defined over Q, its Mordell-Weil rank is at most the 2-adic valuation of its modular degree. In this talk, we will define these invariants related to this conjecture, and we will prove that every semi-stable elliptic curve E/Q, whose rational 2-torsion is isomorphic to Z/2Z, satisfies Watkins’ conjecture whenever every bad place has non-split multiplicative reduction or the number of places with non-split multiplicative reduction is odd. This is a joint work with Hector Pasten.

18/3: Harry Schmidt (Basel)
Room: Auditorium 10
Notice: 16:15-17:15
Title: Equidistribution and uniformity for the projective line
Abstract: I will talk about my joint work with Myrto Mavraki in which we prove new instances of a relative Bogomolov conjecture in a purely dynamical context. We prove the first such for varieties of dimension lager than 1. I will discuss some of the ingredients that go into our proof, including a classification of symmetries of Julia set of rational functions. Time permitting I will also discuss some ongoing work with Mavraki and Wilms on reducing Bogomolov type statements to Manin-Mumford type statements.

21/2: Richard Griffon (Université Clermont-Auvergne)
Room: Auditorium 4
Notice: 16:15-17:15
Title: New cases of the generalised Brauer—Siegel theorem
Abstract: Given an infinite sequence S of numbers fields, one may try to describe, as K runs through S, the asymptotic behaviour of the product of the class number of K by the regulator of units of K, in terms of the discriminant of K. The classical Brauer—Siegel theorem completely solves this problem in case the number fields in S have bounded degree. Much more recently, Tsfasman and Vladuts formulated a conjectural answer to this question for more general sequences S. If true, their conjecture, call it BS-TV, would provide a vast generalisation of the Brauer—Siegel theorem. BS-TV is known to hold conditionally to GRH, but also unconditionally in a limited number of cases (for instance, Lebacque and Zykin have shown that it holds for asymptotically exact families of stepwise Galois number fields). In this talk, I will report on a recent joint work with Philippe Lebacque, where we exhibit new families of number fields where BS-TV is true. In particular, we prove that any infinite global field contained in a p-class field tower satisfies the generalised form of the Brauer—Siegel theorem.

21/2: Francesco Campagna (MPIM Bonn)
Room: Auditorium 4
Notice: 15:15-16:15
Title: Around the support problem for Hilbert Class Polynomials
Abstract: At a number theory conference in Banff (1988) Erdős raised the following question: Let a,b be two integers with the property that for all positive integers n the set of prime numbers dividing an-1 is equal to the set of prime numbers dividing bn-1. Is then a=b? In collaboration with Gabriel Dill we study the modular analogue of this problem, where the values of the polynomials Xn-1 at integers are replaced by the values of Hilbert class polynomials at elements belonging to various Dedekind domains of interest. Our investigations are motivated by unlikely intersections results of different authors, as well as by some philosophical analogies between the realms of multiplicative groups, abelian and Shimura varieties. I will try to explain all this in the talk.

4/2: Julie Desjardins (Toronto)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 15:30-16:15
Title: Density of the rational points on a family of del Pezzo surfaces of degree 1
Abstract: Let X be an algebraic variety over a number field k. We want to study the set of k-rational points X(k). For example, is X(k) empty? If not, is it dense with respect to the Zariski topology? Del Pezzo surfaces are classified by their degrees d, an integer between 1 and 9. Manin and various authors proved that for all del Pezzo surfaces of degree >1 is dense provided that the surface has a k-rational point (that lies outside a specific subset of the surface for d=2). For d=1, the del Pezzo surface always has a rational point. However, we don't know in general if the set of rational points is Zariski-dense. In this talk, I present a result, joint with Rosa Winter, in which we prove the density of rational points for an interesting family of del Pezzo surfaces of degree 1 over k.

28/1: Steffen Müller (Groningen)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Quadratic Chabauty
Abstract: By Faltings' theorem, a curve of genus at least 2 over the rationals has only finitely many rational points. However, computing the set of rational points explicitly for a given curve can be quite difficult. The Quadratic Chabauty method, developed by Balakrishnan and Dogra, is an instance of Kim's non-abelian extension of Chabauty's method that can sometimes be used for this purpose. I will discuss the application to several modular curves of interest in the classification of Galois representations of elliptic curves; this is joint work with Jennifer Balakrishnan, Netan Dogra, Jan Tuitman and Jan Vonk. I will also sketch a new and simplified approach to the Quadratic Chabauty method based on p-adic Arakelov theory, developed in joint work with Amnon Besser and Padmavathi Srinivasan.

14/1: David Urbanik (University of Toronto)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 15:15-16:00
Title: Effective Methods for Shafarevich Problems
Abstract: Given a smooth projective family f : X --> S defined over the ring of integers of a number field, the Shafarevich problem is to describe those fibres of f which have everywhere good reduction. This can be interpreted as asking for the dimension of the Zariski closure of the set of integral points of S, and is ultimately a difficult diophantine question about which little is known as soon as the dimension of S is at least 2. Recently, Lawrence and Venkatesh gave a general strategy for addressing such problems which requires as input lower bounds on the monodromy of f over essentially arbitrary closed subvarieties of S. In this talk we review their ideas, and describe recent work which gives a fully effective method for computing these lower bounds. This gives a fully effective strategy for solving Shafarevich-type problems for essentially arbitrary families f.

14/1: Seoyoung Kim (Queen's University)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 14:00-14:45
Title: From the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture to Nagao's conjecture
Abstract: Let E be an elliptic curve over Q, and let ap be the Frobenius trace for each prime p. In 1965, Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer formulated a conjecture which implies the convergence of the Nagao-Mestre sum limx->infty (1/log x) Σ p<x (ap log p)/p=-r+1/2, where r is the order of the zero of the L-function of E at s=1, which is predicted to be the Mordell-Weil rank of E(Q). We show that if the above limit exists, then the limit equals -r+1/2, and study the connections to the Riemann hypothesis for E. We also relate this to Nagao's conjecture for elliptic curves. Furthermore, we discuss a generalization of the above results for the Selberg classes and hence (conjecturally) for the L-function of abelian varieties and graphs.

7/1: Chung-Ru Lee (Duke University)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 15:15-16:00
Title: Endoscopic Relative Orbital Integrals on a Unitary Group
Abstract: The characterization of distinguished representations is crucial for studying automorphic representations. The celebrated conjectures of Sakellaridis and Venkatesh provide such a characterization in many cases. In particular, they provide a conjectural description of the representations of a split reductive group that are distinguished by a split reductive spherical subgroup. However, there remain many mysteries when the generic stabilizer is disconnected. The comparison of relative trace formulae, initially suggested by Jacquet, has been one of the most effective ways to study distinction problems in automorphic representation theory. Stabilization is a pivotal step for the comparison of relative trace formulae. To prepare for stabilization, one needs to investigate the endoscopic relative orbital integrals. In this talk, we study the endoscopy theory for unitary groups in a relative setting where the generic stabilizer is disconnected and finite over a p-adic field. This talk aims to compute an explicit formula for endoscopic relative orbital integrals.

22/12: Peter Zenz (McGill University)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 14:15-15:00
Title: Arithmetic Quantum Chaos and Shifted Convolution Problems
Abstract: Arithmetic quantum chaos is a topic at the intersection of physics and number theory that is concerned about the distribution of mass of certain eigenfunctions on arithmetic surfaces. In this talk we explore questions around the distribution of mass of holomorphic Hecke cusp forms. More precisely, we show how to evaluate the quantum variance of holomorphic Hecke cusp forms on the vertical geodesic for smooth, compactly supported test functions. The variance is related to an averaged shifted-convolution problem that we evaluate asymptotically. During the talk we also compare the quantum variance computation for the vertical geodesic with the corresponding computation by Luo and Sarnak for the full fundamental domain and we highlight important differences.

22/12: Vlere Mehmeti (University Paris-Saclay)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 13:00-13:45
Title: A Hasse principle over non-Archimedean analytic curves
Abstract: I will be speaking of an application of non-Archimedean analytic geometry to questions related to the existence of rational points on varieties. More precisely, several local-global principles applicable to quadratic forms will be presented, all of them obtained by working over Berkovich analytic curves. The main tool I employ is an adaptation of the so called patching technique, which has lately become an important method for the study of such questions.

21/12: Ju-Feng Wu (Concordia University)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 15:30-16:15
Title: Overconvergent Eichler-Shimura morphisms for (Siegel) modular forms
Abstract: A classical theorem of Eichler and Shimura tells us that the Betti cohomology of modular curves can be understood by spaces of modular forms. This theorem admits an arithmetic avatar provided by Faltings. In the early 2010s, Andreatta-Iovita-Stevens announced a partial generalisation of this theorem to p-adic families by constructing the so-called `overconvergent Eichler-Shimura morphisms'. In this talk, based on joint work with Hansheng Diao and Giovanni Rosso, I will explain how to use perfectoid method to construct the overconvergent Eichler-Shimura morphisms for (Siegel) modular forms. Such a strategy is inspired by the work of Chojecki-Hansen-Johansson in the case of automorphic forms over compact Shimura curves.

21/12: Bart Michels (Paris Nord)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 14:15-15:00
Title: Extreme values of toric periods on locally symmetric spaces
Abstract: On compact arithmetic locally symmetric spaces of non-compact type, the compact maximal flat submanifolds correspond to maximal R-split tori of the underlying group. This talk is about the average and maximal size of automorphic periods along these compact flats, in the spectral aspect. I will explain the connection and analogy with extreme values of L-functions, and discuss the local problems in an application of the relative pre-trace formula.

21/12: Adel Betina (University of Vienna)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 13:00-13:45
Title: On the first derivative of cyclotomic Katz p-adic L-functions at exceptional zeros.
Abstract: This talk is based on a joint work with Ming-Lun Hsieh studying the exceptional zeros conjecture of Katz p-adic L-functions. We will present a formula relating the first derivative of the cyclotomic Katz p-adic L-function attached to a ring class character of a general CM field to the product of an L-invariant and the value of some improved Katz p-adic L-function at s=0. In particular, we show that these Katz p-adic L-functions have a simple trivial zero if and only if their cyclotomic L-invariants are non-zero. Our method is based on congruence of Hilbert CM forms and Mazur's deformation theory.

17/12: Martin Cech (Concordia University)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 15:15-16:00
Title: Ratios conjectures and multiple Dirichlet series
Abstract: Conrey, Farmer, and Zirnbauer conjectured asymptotics for ratios of products of shifted L-functions averaged over a family. These conjectures are very powerful in that they give us information about many other statistics, such as information about the distribution of zeros of the L-functions or various moments. During the talk, we will show how to use multiple Dirichlet series to conditionally under GRH prove the conjectures in some ranges of the shifts for the family of quadratic Dirichlet L-functions.

17/12: Victor Wang (Princeton University)
Room: Zoom
Notice: 14:00-14:45
Title: Conditionally around the square-root barrier for cubes
Abstract: In 1986, Hooley applied (what practically amounts to) the general Langlands reciprocity (modularity) conjecture and GRH in a fresh new way, over certain families of cubic 3-folds. This eventually led to conditional near-optimal bounds for the number N of integral solutions to x13+...+x63 = 0 in expanding boxes. Building on Hooley's work, I will sketch new applications of large-sieve hypotheses, the Square-free Sieve Conjecture, and predictions of Random Matrix Theory type, over the same geometric families - e.g. conditional optimal asymptotics for N in a large class of regions, with applications to sums of three cubes (a project suggested by Amit Ghosh and Peter Sarnak). The underlying harmonic analysis - which goes back to Kloosterman - picks up equally significant contributions from both the classical major and minor arcs.

14/10: Peter Stevenhagen (Leiden)
Room: Aud 3
Notice: 15:30-16:30
Title: What is Rédei reciprocity?
Abstract: The quadratic reciprocity law, discovered by Euler and proved by Gauss, exhibits an unexpected symmetry in the arguments of a well-known quadratic symbol that carries the names of Legendre and Jacobi. In the 1930s, the Hungarian mathematician Rédei defined a quadratic symbol having three arguments, and applied it in the study of the quadratic class groups that have fascinated number theorists ever since they were defined in the Disquisitiones Arithmeticae. In the 21st century, the Rédei symbol has been redefined in such a way that it becomes completely symmetric in its three arguments. The symbol has various applications, and plays a major role in the recent proof by Koymans and Pagano of my old conjecture on the solvability of the negative Pell equation. I will explain the new definition and the resulting Rédei reciprocity law, and hint at the applications.

8/10: Robert Wilms (Basel)
Room: Aud 10
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: A quantitative Bogomolov-type result for function fields
Abstract: We will discuss a quantitative and uniform bound for the number of points of small Néron-Tate height in the embedding of a smooth, projective, geometrically connected, non-isotrivial curve over a one-dimensional function field into its Jacobian. The proof of this bound uses Zhang’s admissible pairing on curves, the arithmetic Hodge index theorem over function fields, and the metrized graph analogue of Elkies’ lower bound for the Green function. As a special case, we will deduce that the number of torsion points on the curve is bounded by 16g2+32g+124, where g denotes the genus. Based on joint work with Nicole Looper and Joseph Silverman.

Program 2020-2021:

19/7: Emanuele Tron (Bordeaux)
Room: Aud 3 and Zoom
Title: GCD in algebraic groups and the Ailon-Rudnick conjecture
Abstract: The greatest common divisor of sequences of the form αn−1 is an apparently simple subject, but quite sophisticated to study. While large values are well understood thanks to the Subspace theorem, small values are very mysterious, and the most basic problem, the Ailon-Rudnick conjecture, is unsolved. We will report on progress on some geometric versions of the conjecture, and we shall see how it all fits in a more general setting concerning orbits of points in algebraic groups. This is connected, through work of Silverman, to such topics as Vojta's conjecture and unlikely intersections.

25/6: Angelot Behajaina (Universite de Caen Normandie)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: The Inverse Galois Problem over twisted skew fieldsof rational fractions
Abstract: The inverse Galois problem over a field K asks whether every finite group is a Galois group over K. Traditionally, the inverse Galois problem is studied over fields. However, the notion of Galois extensions exists in the noncommutative setting. In 2019, Bruno Deschamps and François Legrand proved that the inverse Galois problem had a positive answer over the twisted skew field H(T) of rational fractions with central indeterminate, where H is a skew field of finite dimension over its center k containing an ample field. In this talk, I present a generalization of the result of Deschamps and Legrand to twisted skew fields H(T,σ) of rational fractions where H is not necessarily of finite dimension over its center and σ is any automorphism of finite order of H. Moreover, a similar result for infinite profinite groups will be discussed

11/6: Jean-Marc Couveignes (Universite de Bordeaux)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Representing and counting number fields
Abstract: There are several ways to specify a number field. One can provide the minimal polynomial of a primitive element, the multiplication table of a Q-basis, the traces of a large enough family of elements, etc. From any  way of specifying  a number field one can hope to deduce  a bound on the number Nn(H) of number fields of given degree n  and  discriminant bounded by H. Experimental data suggest that the number of isomorphism classes of number fields of degree n and discriminant bounded by H is equivalent to c(n)H when n ≤2 is fixed and H tends to infinity. Such an estimate has been proved for n=3 by Davenport and  Heilbronn and for n=4, 5 by Bhargava. For an arbitrary n Schmidt  proved a bound of the form c(n)H(n+2)/4 using Minkowski's theorem. Ellenberg et Venkatesh have proved that the exponent of H in Nn(H) is less than sub-exponential in log(n). I will explain how Hermite interpolation (a theorem of Alexander and Hirschowitz) and geometry of numbers combine to produce short models for number fields and sharper bounds for Nn(H).

14/5: Jitendra Bajpai (TU Dresden)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Theory of Vector-Valued Modular Forms
Abstract: Modular forms and their generalizations are one of the most central concepts in number theory. It took almost 200 years to cultivate the mathematics lying behind the classical (i.e. scalar) modular forms. All of the famous modular forms (e.g. Dedekind eta function) involve a multiplier, this multiplier is a 1-dimensional representation of the underlying group. This suggests that a natural generalization will be matrix valued multipliers, and their corresponding modular forms are called vector valued modular forms. These are much richer mathematically and more general than the (scalar) modular forms. In this talk, a story of vector valued modular forms for any genus zero Fuchsian group of the first kind will be told. The connection between vector-valued modular forms and Fuchsian differential equations will be explained.

7/5: Thomas Gauthier (Ecole Polytechnique)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Unlikely Intersections for polynomial dynamical pairs
Abstract: Let (Pt)t∈C be an algebraic family of degree d ≥ 2 polynomials parametrized by an affine curve C and let a,b : C → C be two marked points. Assume there exists infinitely many parameters t ∈ C for which a(t) and b(t) are simultaneously preperiodic under iteration of Pt. Baker and DeMarco conjectured that, under this assumption, there exists a persistent dynamical relation between the orbits {Ptn(a(t))}n≥1 and {Ptn(b(t))}n≥1. In the particular case when Pt(z) = z2 + t with t ∈ C and a, b ∈ C are constants, they proved this actually implies a2 = b2.
The aim of this talk is to present a joint work with Charles Favre, where we prove this conjecture in the case when the curve is defined over a number field. The proof follows the lines of the general strategy that Baker and DeMarco have used. Nevertheless, thee are big difficulties to overcome and every step of the proof requires a completely non-trivial input. The two main new ingredients of our proof are the following:
• a rigidity property for marked points with a smooth bifurcation locus,
• a continuity property concerning dynamical adelic metrizations of a specific ample line bundle on the curve C.

23/4: Subhajit Jana (MPIM Bonn)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:30-14:30
Title: The Weyl bound for triple product L-functions
Abstract: We prove the Weyl bound for the triple product L-functions of three unitary cuspidal representations for SL2(Z), two of which are fixed and the remaining one has growing analytic conductor. We may also consider the varying representation to be an Eisenstein series to prove the t-aspect Weyl bound for the Rankin-Selberg L-functions. These results improve upon previous famous work of Bernstein-Reznikov. This is a joint work with Valentin Blomer and Paul Nelson.

16/4: Gabor Wiese (Luxembourg)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 14:00-15:00
Title: Galois Families of Modular Forms
Abstract: Following a joint work with Sara Arias-de-Reyna and François Legrand, we present a new kind of families of modular forms. They come from representations of the absolute Galois group of rational function fields over Q. As a motivation and illustration, we discuss in some details one example: an infinite Galois family of Katz modular forms of weight one in characteristic 7, all members of which are non-liftable. This may be surprising because non-liftability is a feature that one might expect to occur only occasionally.

19/3: Matthias Schütt (Hannover)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Finite symplectic automorphism groups of supersingular K3 surfaces
Abstract: Automorphism groups form a classical object of study in algebraic geometry. In recent years, a special focus has been put on automorphisms of K3 surface, the most famous example being Mukai’s classification of finite symplectic automorphism groups on complex K3 surfaces. Building on work of Dolgachev-Keum, I will discuss a joint project with Hisanori Ohashi (Tokyo) extending Mukai’s results to fields positive characteristic. Notably, we will retain the close connection to the Mathieu group M23 while finding many larger groups compared to the complex setting.

5/3: Ian Kiming (KU)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Eisenstein series and overconvergence
Abstract: I will talk about recent work with Nadim Rustom on the rate of overconvergence of certain modular functions that arise from classical Eisenstein series. Knowledge of this kind can be put to use to understand the finer structure of the Coleman-Mazur eigencurve, in concrete terms, this knowledge has implications for the study of Coleman families passing through classical forms. Among other things we prove a theorem that is a direct generalization of a theorem of Coleman-Wan that was instrumental in Wan's celebrated work regarding the Coleman-Mazur conjecture. Other of our theorems are general versions for p≥5 of statements that were proved for p=2 and p=3 by Buzzard-Kilford and Roe, respectively, in their work on what is now known as the 'halo conjecture'.
I will start the talk very lightly with an introduction to overconvergent modular forms for the benefit of those in the audience who might not know about it or need to be reminded a bit.

29/1: Arthur-César le Bras (Paris 13)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: On the irreducible case of Fargues' conjecture for GLn
Abstract: In 2014, Fargues formulated a striking conjecture, which (very roughly) says that geometric Langlands works over the Fargues-Fontaine curve and provides a geometrization of the classical local Langlands correspondence for any reductive group G over Qp. I will first recall what the main geometric players are and what the conjecture says, with special emphasis on the case of G=GLn. I will then discuss joint work with Johannes Anschütz, regarding the case where the group G is GLn and where one starts with an irreducible Weil-Deligne representation in the conjecture.

15/1: Emiliano Torti (Luxembourg)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: On level raising modulo prime powers
Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss the problem of raising the level of classical cuspidal eigenforms modulo prime powers (for odd primes) of weight k≥2 and arbitrary character. The main result we will present extends previous results in weight 2 established by Tsaknias and Wiese and it will generalize (partially) Diamond’s and Ribet's celebrated level raising theorems.

12/1: Liyang Yang (Caltech)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 20:00-21:00
Title: Expansion of the Jacquet-Zagier Trace Formula on GL(n)
Abstract: In this talk, we will introduce the Jacquet-Zagier trace formula on GL(n), which is a variant of the Arthur-Selberg trace formula: the difference is that one puts an Eisenstein series into the trace formula, i.e., integrating K_0(x,x)E(x,s) instead of the usual cuspidal kernel function K_0(x,x), where E(x,s) is a suitable Eisenstein series. We will compute its geometric and spectral sides. As an application we obtain holomorphic continuation of adjoint L-functions on GL(3) and GL(4).

11/1: Zhiyou Wu (MPIM Bonn)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 12:00-13:00
Title: Plectic weight filtration on cohomology of Hilbert modular varieties
Abstract: The plectic program is proposed by Jan Nekovar and Tony Scholl to uncover some hidden symmetries of Hilbert modular varieties. It would yield exciting new results on special values of L functions once established. In this talk, I will report my work on the construction of plectic weight filtration, providing evidence of the plectic conjectures.

8/1: Xavier Guitart (Barcelona)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Endomorphism algebras of geometrically split abelian surfaces over Q
Abstract: An abelian surface defined over the rationals is said to be geometrically split if its base change to the complex numbers is isogenous to a product of elliptic curves. The aim of the talk is to explain the computation of all possible endomorphism algebras of geometrically split abelian surfaces defined over Q. A key step is determining the set of imaginary quadratic fields M for which there exists an abelian surface defined over Q which is geometrically isogenous to the square of an elliptic curve with CM by M. This is joint work with Francesc Fité.

5/1: Samuel Edwards (Yale)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 20:00-21:00
Title: Exponential mixing of the geodesic flow on geometrically finite hyperbolic manifolds
Abstract: Fundamental work by Duke-Rudnick-Sarnak and Eskin-McMullen connects orbital counting problems for discrete subgroups of Lie groups with equidistribution problems on homogeneous spaces. A key ingredient in obtaining the required equidistribution statements is mixing for diagonal flows on the underlying homogeneous space. I will discuss joint work with Hee Oh in which we obtain mixing with an exponential error term in the special case of the geodesic flow on geometrically finite hyperbolic manifolds with large enough critical exponent. Patterson-Sullivan densities and Burger-Roblin measures, the Lax-Phillips spectral gap for the Laplace operator on infinite volume geometrically finite hyperbolic manifolds, and complementary series representations are all involved in both the statement and proof of our result, and I will try to explain how these different objects are related in this setting.

4/1: Zev Rosengarten (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 12:00-13:00
Title: Rigidity for Unirational Groups
Abstract: One of the most fundamental results underlying the theory of abelian varieties is "rigidity" -- that is, that any k-scheme morphism of abelian varieties which preserves identities is actually a k-group homomorphism. This result depends crucially upon the properness of such varieties. For affine groups in general, there is no analogous rigidity statement. We will nevertheless show that such a rigidity result holds for unirational groups (which are always affine) satisfying certain conditions, and discuss several implications.

15/12: David T. G. Lilienfeldt (McGill University)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 20:00-21:00
Title: Algebraic cycles and arithmetic geometry
Abstract: Central to the field of Diophantine geometry is the study of the set of rational points on algebraic curves. The size of this set is dictated by the genus of the curve. In the first part of the talk, I will present joint work with Bertolini, Darmon and Prasanna on generalised Heegner cycles and explain how it relates to the arithmetic of elliptic curves (genus one case). If time permits, I will briefly mention some work in progress on triple diagonal cycles on certain modular curves. In the second part of the talk, I will present joint work with Coupek, Xiao and Yao in which we generalise the recent Edixhoven-Lido method to arbitrary number fields. This results in a bound on the size of the finite set of rational points on higher genus curves (genus greater than one) which satisfy the quadratic Chabauty condition.

14/12: Severin Philip (Grenoble)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 12:00-13:00
Title: The degree of semi-stable reduction
Abstract: The main object of my talk is the minimal degree of a field extension over which an abelian variety over a number field acquires semi-stable reduction. I will present new results on this topic starting from the case of elliptic curves. I will also introduce in this context one of the central objects in my research: the finite monodromy groups. I will briefly explain how to build CM abelian varieties with big finite monodromy at a given prime and show how to use these to compute the bound for the degree of semi-stable reduction.

11/12: Wushi Goldring (Stockholm University)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Propagating algebraicity via functoriality
Abstract: We attempt -- and almost entirely succeed -- to classify the automorphic representations π of reductive groups over number fields, for which the algebraicity of the Hecke eigenvalues (or Satake parameters) is reducible via Langlands functoriality to cases already known for algebro-geometric reasons (if π is singular, the only current option being via the coherent cohomology of Shimura varieties). Historically, an important case -- for which algebraicity is still wide open -- is that of Maass forms of Galois-type: non-holomorphic eigenfunctions of the hyperbolic Laplacian on the upper half-plane with eigenvalue 1/4. Also, using functoriality to reduce to the cohomology of Shimura varieties has been applied successfully by many people to the construction of automorphic Galois representations, in cases where the algebraicity of the Hecke eigenvalues was already known (usually via the Betti cohomology of a locally symmetric space). However, as far as we know, no new case of algebraicity of Hecke eigenvalues had previously been established by reducing via functoriality to Shimura varieties (where we transfer π "forward" to a larger group; looking at "special" π which descend to a smaller group "going backward" is a different matter).
In the positive direction, we give several examples of non-holomorphic automorphic forms which are superficially similar to Maass forms, but whose algebraicity does reduce to the coherent cohomology of Shimura varieties via either known or open cases of functoriality; in the known cases of functoriality we are also able to attach Galois representations. We also introduce new notions of "D" and "M-algebraic", which generalize/refine the "L" and "C" of Buzzard-Gee and the "W-algebraic" of Patrikis, and we give examples of cuspidal π which are "farther" from L-algebraic than previously considered yet still have algebraic Hecke eigenvalues, answering a question of Patrikis. In the negative direction, we give a conceptual, group-theoretic explanation for why Maass forms and many other forms are not reducible to known cases via functoriality (so the sign error found by Taylor in a previous attempt on Maass forms was not coincidental, but rather necessary). There remains only a sliver of cases where it is still perhaps unclear whether or not reduction via functoriality is possible.

8/12: Ashwin Iyengar (King's College London)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 20:00-21:00
Title: The Iwasawa main conjecture in p-adic families.
Abstract: Motivated by the p-adic variation of classical L-values for modular forms, I will discuss the construction of a p-adic L-function defined over the extended eigencurve. I'll then discuss a formulation of an Iwasawa main conjecture in families and, time permitting, I'll say a few words about what this looks like at the characteristic p boundary points of the extended eigencurve.

7/12: Sudhir Pujahari (Hong Kong)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 12:00-13:00
Title: Arithmetic and statistics of sums of eigenvalues of Hecke operators.
Abstract: In the first part of the talk, we will study about the distribution of gaps between eigenvalues of Hecke operators in both horizontal and vertical settings. As an application of this we will obtain a strong multiplicity one theorem and evidence towards Maeda conjecture. The horizontal setting is a joint work with M. Ram Murty. In the second part of the talk, using recent developments in the theory of l-adic Galois representations we will study the normal number of prime factors of sums of Fourier coefficients of eigenforms. The final part is a joint work with M. Ram Murty and V. Kumar Murty.

4/12: Ori Parzanchevsky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: From Ramanujan graphs to quantum computations
Abstract: In a series of papers from the eighties, Lubotzky Phillips and Sarnak used number theory to construct optimally expanding graphs ("Ramanujan graphs"), and optimal topological generators for the group SO(3). Recently, it was observed that these topological generators are of use for quantum computations, as SO(3) is isomorphic to PU(2), the group of logical gates on a single qubit. In joint works with Sarnak and Evra, we generalize these ideas to higher dimensions, resulting in Ramanujan complexes, and gates on more than one qubit. I will give a survey of these results with a broad audience in mind.

Room: Zoom meeting

20/11: Didier Lesesvre (Sun Yat-Sen University)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 10:15-11:15
Title: Quadratic twists of central values: An introduction to multiple Dirichlet series
Abstract: Automorphic representations are central objects in number theory. One typical approach is to associate to them functions encapsulating much information: their L-functions. Knowing how far these functions characterize the original automorphic representation is then a natural question, and knowing results about zeros or non-vanishing of these L-functions are critical for applications.
In this talk, I will be addressing these questions in the case of GL(3), presenting a joint work with Chan Ieong Kuan. The proofs are archetypical of the theory of multiple Dirichlet series, its motivation and its challenges, so this talk could be viewed as an introduction to this beautiful topic based on an example.

6/11: Fabien Pazuki (KU)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Bertini and Northcott
Abstract: I will report on joint work with Martin Widmer. Let X be a smooth projective variety over a number field K. We prove a Bertini-type theorem with explicit control of the genus, degree, height, and field of definition of the constructed curve on X. As a consequence we provide a general strategy to reduce certain height and rank estimates on abelian varieties over a number field K to the case of Jacobian varieties defined over a suitable extension of K. We will give examples where the strategy works well!

30/10: Nils Matthes (Oxford)
Room: Zoom meeting
Title: A new approach to multiple elliptic polylogarithms
Abstract: We describe a purely algebraic approach to multiple elliptic polylogarithms via algebraic iterated integrals that unifies previous approaches of Levin-Racinet, Bannai-Kobayashi-Tsuji and Brown-Levin. The key novelty is a new description of the unipotent de Rham fundamental group of a once-punctured elliptic curve which might be of independent interest. Joint work in progress with Tiago J. Fonseca (Oxford).

9/10: Riccardo Pengo (KU)
Room: Aud 1 (AKB)
Notice: 13:00-16:00
Title: Mahler measures, special values of L-functions and complex multiplication
Abstract:We will start by recalling what L-functions are, and explaining how their values at the integers are of arithmetic significance, following the conjectures of Beilinson and Bloch-Kato, as well as joint work in progress with Fabien Pazuki, which studies how these values measure the complexity of the objects they are attached to. We will then briefly review Mahler measures of polynomials, and give a roundup of types of identities relating special values of L-functions and Mahler measures, basing ourselves also on joint work in progress with François Brunault, concerning a certain exactness property of polynomials. We will finally summarize the main points of the theory of complex multiplication (CM), and sketch the proof of the main results of our PhD thesis, which concern the entanglement in the division fields of CM elliptic curves (jointly with Francesco Campagna) and the relations between the special value at the origin of the L-function associated to a CM elliptic curve E defined over the rationals, and the Mahler measure of some planar models of E.

2/10: Dustin Clausen (KU)
Room: Aud 4
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: The Dedekind eta function and characteristic classes of lisse sheaves
Abstract: I will prove some classical facts from the theory of modular forms using some very non-classical ideas originating in algebraic topology.

25/09: Lars Kühne (KU)
Room: Aud 2
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Equidistribution in families of Abelian varieties
Abstract: I will discuss analogues of classical conjectures in diophantine geometry in the "relative" setting of families of abelian varieties. These conjectures are the Manin-Mumford conjecture, the Bogomolov conjecture, and the equidistribution conjecture, all of which have been proven in the nineties. In the last decade, there has been some progress on their "relative" analogues (e.g., by Masser-Zannier, DeMarco-Mavraki), which are however still far from being settled completely. I will then describe a work-in-progress proof of the "relative" equidistribution conjecture -- and indicate how this should help to prove a relative analogue of the Bogomolov conjecture in a few select cases.

18/09: Richard Griffon (Basel)
Room: Aud 9
Notice: 13:00-14:00
Title: Isogenies of elliptic curves over function fields
Abstract: I will report on a  recently-completed project with Fabien Pazuki about elliptic curves over function fields and isogenies between them. In this work, we prove analogues in the function field setting of two famous theorems concerning isogenous elliptic curves over number fields. The first of these describes the variation of the Weil height of the j-invariant of an elliptic curve in an isogeny class. Our second main result is an ``isogeny estimate’’ in the spirit of theorems by Masser—Wüstholz and by Gaudron—Rémond. During the talk, I will state our results, sketch their proof and, time permitting, mention a few Diophantine applications thereof. I will also try to highlight similarities and differences between the number field and the function field cases.

Program 2019-2020:
26/06: Shaul Zemel (Hebrew University)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 14:00-15:00
Title: Shintani Lifts of Nearly Holomorphic Modular Forms
Abstract: The Shintani lift is a classical construction of modular forms of
half-integral weight from modular forms of even integral weight. Soon after
its definition it was shown to be related to integration with respect to
theta kernel. The development of the theory of regularized integrals opens
the question to what modular forms of half-integral weight arise as
regularized Shintani lifts of various kinds of integral weight modular
forms. We evaluate these lifts for the case of nearly holomorphic modular
forms, which in particular shows that when the depth is smaller than the
weight, the Shintani lift is also nearly holomorphic. This evaluation
requires the determination of certain Fourier transforms, which are
interesting on their own right. This is joint work with Yingkun Li.

19/06: Matteo Tamiozzo (Imperial College London)
Room:  Zoom meeting
Notice: 14:30-15:30
Title: Bloch-Kato special value formulas for Hilbert modular forms
Abstract:  We will outline a proof of (the p-part of) one inequality in the special value formula predicted by the Bloch-Kato conjecture for Hilbert modular forms of parallel weight two, in analytic rank at most one.
We will then discuss the interplay between our arguments and the plectic formalism envisioned by Nekovář and Scholl.

15/05: Jasmin Matz (KU)
Room:  Zoom meeting
Notice: 15:30-16:30
Title: Quantum ergodicity in the level aspect
Abstract: For a compact Riemannian manifold M and an orthonormal basis B of L^2(M) consisting of Laplace eigenfunctions, the property of M satisfying quantum ergodicity asserts that there is a sequence of density 1 of functions f in B with Laplace eigenvalue going to infinity such that the measures |f|^2 dx weak*-converges to the Riemannian measure dx on M. Due to work by Shnirelman and others this is known to hold for M with ergodic geodesic flow. We want to change perspective now, considering not one fixed manifold and Laplace eigenfunctions in the high energy limit, but a sequence of Benjamini-Schramm convergent Riemannian manifolds M_j together with Laplace eigenfunctions f whose eigenvalues vary in short intervals. This perspective has been recently studied in the context of graphs by Anantharaman and Le Masson, and for hyperbolic surfaces and manifolds by Abert, Bergeron, Le Masson, and Sahlsten.
In my talk I want to discuss joint ongoing work with F. Brumley in which we study a higher rank case, namely sequences of compact quotients of SL(n, R)/SO(n)

8/05: Riccardo Pengo (KU)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 14:00-15:00
Title: Mahler's measure: from small numbers to big conjectures
Abstract: The Mahler measure of a polynomial measures how close its zeros are to the unit torus. In this talk, we will explore the connections between this seemingly simple invariant and other quantities coming from analysis, geometry and number theory. We will focus in particular on the relation between Mahler's measure and special values of L-functions, which can be approached using Beilinson's (conjectural) description of these special values in terms of regulators. This description is known for elliptic curves with complex multiplication defined over the rational numbers, and we will see how to derive a link between Mahler's measure and special values from this.

1/05:  Luigi Pagano (KU)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 14:00-15:00
Title: On the Motivic Zeta Function and the Monodromy conjecture for Hyperkähler varieties
Abstract: Starting with the work of Hasse and Weil, several geometric versions of the Riemann Zeta function have been constructed so far. All of them come with their version of the 'Riemann Hypothesis'; in fact it seems that most of the information that these invariants carry is grasped by the set of zeros and/or poles when considered as meromorphic functions. In this talk we shall focus on the Motivic Zeta function, defined by Denef and Loeser in a paper published in 1998, and we will discuss the Monodromy conjecture: an hypothetical relation between the poles of the Motivic zeta function attached to a degeneration of a Calabi-Yau variety and the eigenvalues of the monodromy operator acting on the cohomology of such degeneration.

24/04: Asbjørn Nordentoft
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 14:00-15:00
Title: Quantum modular forms, reciprocity formulas and additive twists of L-functions.
Abstract: In an unpublished paper from the 2007, Conrey discovered certain ‘reciprocity relations’ satisfied by twisted moments of Dirichlet L-functions, linking the arithmetics of the finite fields F_p, F_q for two different primes p,q (as is the case with quadratic reciprocity). In this talk I will discuss a generalization to twisted moments of twisted modular L-functions. This will lead to a discussion of the notion of quantum modular forms due to Zagier, and in particular we will explain that additive twists of modular L-functions define examples of quantum modular forms.

17/04: Francesco Campagna (KU)
Room: Zoom meeting
Notice: 14:00-15:00
Title: The arithmetic of singular moduli
Abstract: Singular moduli act as major players in my PhD project. I would like to explain what these objects are, and why they are interesting to study. I will also try to give an overview of the current research on the topic, indicating at which stage I enter the play.

13/03: Tuan Ngo Dac (CNRS, Lyon).
Room: Aud 9
Notice: 13:15-14:15
Title: Special values and tensor powers of Drinfeld modules.
Abstract: In the genus 0 case, tensor powers of the Carlitz module were studied extensively in the pioneer work of Anderson and Thakur. In this talk, we recall Anderson-Thakur’s theorem which give a formula expressing special zeta values as the last coordinate of a logarithmic vector of an algebraic point. As an application, we present transcendence implications for special zeta values thanks to the work of C.Y. Chang and J. Yu. Finally, we explain how to extend these results to elliptic curves. Joint works with B. Angles, F. Tavares Ribeiro and N. Green.

6/03: Martin Widmer (Royal Holloway)
Room: Aud 10
Notice: 14:15-15:15
Title: Rate of escape for lattices and their duals.
Abstract: For weakly admissible lattices (i.e. with no non-zero lattice points on the coordinate subspaces) the rate of escape under the action of diagonal matrices is controlled by an infimum function. We are interested in relations between this function for the lattice and for its dual lattice. It is easy to see that both functions tend to zero at the same time. Can this be made quantitative? When do we have equality? These are all linked with lattice point-counting questions. Our answers are based on work of Beresnevich's result on badly approximable points on submanifolds of R^n. This is joint work with Niclas Technau.

21/02: Sazzad Biswas (KU)
Room: Aud 8
Notice: 13:15-14:15
Title: Computation of the Langlands's lambda function for a finite Galois extension.
Abstract: We know (due to Langlands and Deligne) that the local constants (also known as epsilon factors) are extendable functions. Therefore, to give an explicit formula of the local constant of an induced representation of a local Galois group of a non-Archimedean local field of characteristic zero, we have to compute the lambda function for a finite extension. In my talk, we will discuss about explicit computation of the lambda function, when K is a finite Galois extension.

10/1: Salim Tayou (ENS-Paris).
Room: Aud 2
Notice: 14.15-15.15
Title: Exceptional jumps of Picard rank for K3 surfaces over number fields.
Abstract: Given a K3 surface X over a number field K, we prove that the set of primes of K where the geometric Picard rank jumps is infinite, assuming that X has everywhere potentially good reduction. This result is formulated in the general framework of GSpin Shimura varieties and I will explain other applications to abelian surfaces. As a corollary, this gives a new proof that such X has infinitely many rational curves. The results in this talk are joint work with Ananth Shankar, Arul Shankar and Yunqing Tang.

Rosa Winter (Leiden)
Room: Aud 4
Notice: 13.00-14.00
Title: Density of rational points on a family of del Pezzo surfaces of degree 1.
AbstractLet X be an algebraic variety. We want to study the set of rational points X(Q). For example, is X(Q) empty? And if not, is it dense with respect to the Zariski topology? Del Pezzo surfaces are surfaces that are classified by their degree d (for d different from 8, over an algebraically closed field they are isomorphic to the blow up of P2 in 9-d points). For all del Pezzo surfaces of degree at least 2, we know that the set of rational points is dense provided that the surface has one rational point to start with (that lies outside a specific subset of the surface for degree 2). But for del Pezzo surfaces of degree 1, even though we know that they always contain at least one rational point, we do not know if the set of rational points is dense. In this talk I will focus on one of my results, which states that for a specific family of del Pezzo surfaces of degree 1, under a mild condition, the rational points are dense with respect to the Zariski topology. I will compare this to previous results. This is joint work with Julie Desjardins. 
10/12: Gauthier Ponsinet (Bonn).
Room: Aud 7
Notice: 10.15-11.15
Title: Universal norms of p-adic Galois representations.
Abstract: I will talk about the problem of universal norms which naturally appears in Iwasawa theory, notably to establish "control theorems" for Selmer groups. This problem was first studied by Mazur in his fundational work on Iwasawa theory for abelian varieties. In 1996, Coates and Greenberg solved the problem for abelian varieties, but it remains open for general motives.
14/11: On the way to Gothenburg
Room: Aud 8
Notice: 13.00-18.00
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5/11: Richard Griffon (Basel).
Room: Aud 10
Notice: 13.15-14.15
Title: Elliptic curves with large Tate-Shafarevich groups over function fields.
Abstract: Tate-Shafarevich groups of elliptic curves are arithmetic objects which remain mysterious: they are conjectured to be finite but the conjecture is not known in general. Even assuming finiteness of Sha(E), the size of this group is only partially understood: some upper bounds on #Sha(E) in terms of the height of E are known, and some heuristics suggest that the group Sha(E) should often be ''small''.

I will report on a recent work with Guus de Wit, where we exhibit a family of elliptic curves (over the function field F_q(t)) with ''large'' Tate-Shafarevich groups. For these curves, #Sha(E) is essentially as large as it is possibly allowed to be by the above-mentioned bounds. Our result is unconditional and quite explicit, it also provides additional information about the structure of the Tate-Shafarevich groups under study. We use various techniques, including the computation of the relevant L-functions, a detailed study of the distribution of their zeros, and the proof of the BSD conjecture for these curves. 

4/11: Min Ru (University of Houston)
Room: Aud 9
Notice: 14.00-15.00
Title: Recent development in the study of Diophantine approximation.
Abstract: In this talk, I will begin with the Roth's theorem which is concerned with the approximation to algebraic numbers by rational numbers, and the Schmidt's subspace theorem (which extends Roth's theorem).  After that, I'll discuss recent developments (breakthroughs) in extending Schmidt's subspace theorem made by Corvaja-Zannier, Evertse-Ferretti, etc., as well as my recent work with Paul Vojta. If time permits, I will also describe the relations and analogies with the Nevanlinna theory in complex geometry.

Program 2018-2019:

9/7: Nils Bruin (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver).
Room: Aud 10
Notice: 13-15-14.15
Title: On Abelian surfaces with full 3-level structure.
Abstract: The Burkhardt quartic threefold is known to be birational to the moduli space of abelian surfaces with labeled 3-torsion. It is well-studied over C. We look at various arithmetic subtleties, such as how to descend its birational parametrization to Q. We also investigate how to construct from a (sufficiently general) point on the Burkhardt quartic threefold an explicit genus two curve together with a marking of its three-torsion on its Jacobian. Finally, we investigate how twists of the Burkhardt quartic threefold correspond to twisted 3-level structures and how field-of-definition obstructions interact with these.

7/6: Oli Gregory (Technische Universität München)
Room: Aud 2
Notice: 13.15-15.15
TitleAround p-adic Tate conjectures
Abstract: I shall explore Tate conjectures for smooth and proper varieties over p-adic fields, especially a conjecture of Raskind which concerns varieties with totally degenerate reduction. After first motivating the conjecture and discussing some evidence, I shall reformulate Raskind's conjecture into a subtle question about Q- versus Q_p-structures on filtered (phi,N)-modules. I will then use this reformulation to show that Raskind's conjecture can fail even for abelian surfaces. This is joint work with Christian Liedtke.

3/6: David Rydh (KTH) 
Room: Aud 10
: Local structure of algebraic stacks and applications

AbstractAlgebraic stacks generalize equivariant algebraic geometry: the action of an algebraic group on a scheme. Some natural moduli problems, such as moduli of sheaves and moduli of singular curves, give rise to stacks with infinite stabilizers. The local structure theorem states that many such stacks locally look like the quotient of a scheme by a group action. This is related to Luna's slice theorem in equivariant geometry. I will also mention some applications such as compact generation of derived categories, criteria for the existence of good moduli spaces, BB-decompositions for stacks, Kirwan partial desingularization and generalized Donaldson--Thomas invariants.

29.05: Andrea Ricolfi (SISSA)
Room: Aud 10
Notice: 14:00-15:00
: "Virtual invariants of Quot schemes on 3-folds"
AbstractWe show that the Quot scheme of finite length quotients of a locally free sheaf on a 3-fold carries, under suitable conditions, a 0-dimensional virtual fundamental class. Using results with S. Beentjes, we solve the associated enumerative theory for Calabi-Yau 3-folds.  We present a conjectural formula in the general case, and we develop the parallel motivic theory of Quot schemes on an arbitrary 3-fold.  The results presented provide new examples of higher rank (motivic) Donaldson-Thomas invariants.
10.05: Raju Krishnamoorthy (University of Georgia).
Room: TBA.
Notice: at 13:30.
Title:Rank 2 local systems and abelian varieties.
Abstract: Let X/k be a smooth variety over a finite field. Motivated by work of Corlette-Simpson over the complex numbers, we formulate a conjecture that certain rank 2 local systems on X come from families of abelian varieties. After an introduction to l/p-adic companions, we explain how the recent resolution of the p-adic companions conjecture may be used to approach the conjecture. This is joint work with A. Pál.

07.05: Peter Stevenhagen (Leiden).
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: at 13:15.
Title: Adelic points of elliptic curves.
Abstract:  For an elliptic curve E defined over a number field K,  the group of points of E defined over the adele ring of K is a topological group that may be analyzed in terms of the Galois representation associated to the torsion points of E. 
We give an explicit description of this topological group, and show that for `almost all' E/K, it is isomorphic to a universal group $U_n$ depending only on the degree n of K over Q. This is joint work with Athanasios Angelakis.

26.04: Farbod Shokrieh (KU)
Room: Aud 9.
Notice: at 13:30.
Title: Measures on graphs and Kazhdan’s theorem.
Abstract: Classical Kazhdan's theorem for Riemann surfaces describes
the limiting behavior of canonical (Arakelov) measures on finite
covers in relation to the hyperbolic measure. I will present a
generalized version of this theorem for metric graphs. In particular,
I will introduce a notion of "hyperbolic measure" in the context of
graphs. (Joint work with Chenxi Wu.)

01.03: Avi Kulkarni (MPI Leipzig).
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: at 12:15.
Title: The arithmetic of uniquely trigonal genus 4 curves.
Abstract: A uniquely trigonal curve is a smooth algebraic curve that has an essentially unique morphism to $\mathbb{P}^1$ of degree 3. The uniquely trigonal curves of genus 4 are closely related to del Pezzo surfaces of degree one. In this talk, we give two examples of how this connection can be used to generate interesting results in number theory. The first result pertains to class groups of cubic fields; we construct an infinite family of cubic number fields whose class groups have many 2-torsion elements. For the second application, we consider the uniquely trigonal genus 4 curves from the perspective of arithmetic invariant theory.

08.02: Sho Tanimoto (Kumamoto).
Room: Store Aud. NEXS.
Notice: at 14:30.
Thin exceptional sets in Manin’s Conjecture.
Abstract: Manin’s Conjecture predicts the asymptotic formula for the counting function of rational points on a Fano variety after removing the contribution from an exceptional set. We propose a geometric construction of this exceptional set and prove that this is a thin set in sense of Serre. This is joint work with Brian Lehmann and Akash Sengupta.

08.02: Neea Palojärvi (Turku).
Room: Store Aud. NEXS.
Notice: at 13:15.
Title: On the Riemann-von Mangoldt formula for Selberg class functions.

Abstract: Riemann-von Mangoldt formula describes the number of the non-trivial zeros of the Riemann zeta function. There are generalized versions of the Riemann-von Mangoldt formula for other classes of functions. In this talk, I will discuss an explicit Riemann-von Mangoldt formula for functions in the Selberg class.

24.01: Ariyan Javanpeykar (Mainz).
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: at 13:00.
Title: Automorphisms of varieties with only finitely many rational points.

Abstract: Lang's conjecture on rational points of hyperbolic varieties predicts that a variety with only finitely many rational points has only finitely many automorphisms. We verify this prediction using the theory of dynamical systems in arithmetic geometry. 
16.01: Ian Petrow (ETH).
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: at 15:15.
Title: The Weyl law for algebraic tori.

Abstract: Families are powerful tools across all of mathematics. This talk will be about families of automorphic representations and their applications in number theory. There is no canonical definition of a family of automorphic forms/representations, but several ad-hoc definitions have been proposed. Here, a basic but still difficult question is: given a reductive algebraic group G, how many irreducible automorphic representations of bounded conductor are there? I will present a complete answer to this question in the case that G is a torus defined over a number field.

11.01: Paul Helminck (Bremen).
Room: Aud 10.
Title: Decompositions of tame fundamental groups of nonarchimedean curves using metrized complexes

Abstract: In this talk, I’ll discuss a natural functor from the category of tame étale coverings of a punctured nonarchimedean curve to the category of tame étale coverings of a metrized complex associated to the punctured curve. In its simplest form, this functor takes a covering of algebraic curves and assigns to it a covering of intersection graphs arising from a morphism of semistable models. By considering the enhanced category of coverings of metrized complexes with gluing data, we then show that we obtain an equivalence of categories, yielding a natural notion of a profinite fundamental group for metrized complexes since the categories involved are Galois categories.
We then use this functor to define the absolute inertia and decomposition groups of subcomplexes of the metrized complex. These inertia and decomposition groups classify the unramified and completely split extensions respectively, just as they did in the number field case. The abelian nonpunctured extensions are then classified by torsion points of the Jacobian and we use the analytic Poincaré-Lelong formula to relate the inertia and decomposition groups to natural subdivisions in the analytic Jacobian. In the discretely valued case, we show that these subdivisions correspond exactly to the ones induced by the identity component and the maximal torus of the Néron model of the Jacobian.

08.01: Peter Koymans (Leiden).
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: At 13:00.
Title: The spin of prime ideals and applications.
Abstract: Let be a cyclic, totally real extension of $\mathbb{Q}$ of degree at least  and let $\sigma$ be a generator of Gal(K/$\mathbb{Q}$). We further assume that the totally positive units are exactly the squares of units. In this case, Friedlander, Iwaniec, Mazur and Rubin define the spin of an odd principal ideal to be spin(s,a)=(alpha/s(a))_K
where alpha is a totally positive generator of  and (./.)_K is the quadratic residue symbol in K. Friedlander, Iwaniec, Mazur and Rubin prove equidistribution of spin(s,p) as p varies over the odd principal prime ideals of K. In this talk I will show how to extend their work to more general fields and give various arithmetic applications.

14.12: Eugenia Rosu (MPIM)
Room: Aud 8.
Title: Special cycles on orthogonal Shimura varieties
Abstract: I will be talking about joint work with Yott. Extending on the work of Kudla-Millson and Yuan-Zhang-Zhang, we are constructing special divisors for a specific $GSpin$ Shimura variety. We further construct a generating series that has as coefficients the cohomology classes corresponding to the special divisors classes $Z(x, g)_K$ on the $GSpin$ Shimura variety $M_K$ and show the modularity of the generating series in the cohomology group over $C$.

07.12: Fabien Pazuki (KU)
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: At 13:00.
Title: Regulators of elliptic curves.
Abstract: In a recent collaboration with Pascal Autissier and Marc Hindry, we prove that up to isomorphisms, there are at most finitely many elliptic curves defined over a fixed number field, with Mordell-Weil rank and regulator bounded from above, when the rank is at least 4. We will explain where the result comes from, and discuss links with the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture and with asymptotics on the number of rational points of bounded height on elliptic curves.

26.10: Laurent Vuillon (Univ Savoie Mont Blanc)
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: At 13:15.
Title: Combinatorics on words for Markoff numbers.
Abstract: Markoff numbers are fascinating integers related to number theory, Diophantine equation, hyperbolic geometry, continued fractions and Christoffel words. Many great mathematicians have worked on these numbers and the 100 years famous uniqueness conjecture by Frobenius is still unsolved. In this talk, we state a new formula to compute the Markoff numbers using iterated palindromic closure and the Thue-Morse substitution. The main theorem shows that for each Markoff number m, there exists a word $v\in\{a, b\}^*$ such that $m − 2$ is equal to the length of the iterated palindromic closure of the iterated antipalindromic closure of the word $av$. This construction gives a new recursive construction of the Markoff numbers by the lengths of the words involved in the palindromic closure. 
11.10: Charles Doran (University of Alberta).
Room: DIKU 1034.
Title: Arithmetic Mirror Symmetry for K3 Pencils and Hypergeometric Decomposition.
Abstract: We will begin with an introduction to Calabi-Yau geometry and survey various forms of mirror symmetry, with an eye towards possible applications in arithmetic geometry.  Specializing to a particular construction of mirror pairs, we analyze the factorization of the zeta function for certain symmetric K3 quartic pencils and the relationship with hypergeometric equations.

14.09: Peter Humphries.
Room: Aud 8.
Title: The random wave conjecture and arithmetic quantum chaos.
Abstract: Berry's random wave conjecture is a heuristic that the eigenfunctions of a classically ergodic system ought to display Gaussian random behaviour, as though they were random waves, in the large eigenvalue limit. We discuss two aspects of this problems for eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on a particular number-theoretic negatively curved surface: Planck scale mass equidistribution, and an asymptotic for the fourth moment. We will highlight how the resolution of these two problems in this number-theoretic setting involves a delicate understanding of the behaviour of certain families of L-functions.

03-07.09: Conference Arakelov 2018.
Room: Aud 1, Frue Plads 4.

The aim of the meeting is to gather experts studying various questions concerning Arakelov geometry and connected topics. It is a yearly tradition, with main coordinators Burgos Gil, Maillot, Moriwaki, ... The Seminar is organized for the first time in Copenhagen this year! For more information: 

27-31.08: Masterclass: Mahler measure and special values of L-functions.
Room: Aud 10, Aud 8.
This Masterclass is meant to illustrate to young researchers the latest developments in the study of special values of L-functions and its connection to Mahler’s measure, polylogarithms, hypergeometric functions and K-theory.

14.09: Nadim Rustom (Koc University).
Room: Aud 10.
Title: New congruences for eigenforms of level 1.
Abstract: In this talk, we will state recently discovered congruences satisfied by Hecke eigenforms of level 1. These congruences extend previous results of Hatada (1981), and prove a conjecture of Coleman-Stein (2003). They can be seen as further evidence for a conjecture, formulated jointly with Kiming and Wiese (2016), on the finiteness of congruence classes of eigenforms of fixed level modulo prime powers. The proof uses Merel's description of the action of Hecke operators on modular symbols. We will give a brief sketch of Merel's modular symbol formalism in level 1 and describe the algorithm used to obtain these new congruences.

Program 2017-2018:

11.06: Martin Speirs (KU).
Room: Aud 4.
Title: K-theory of coordinate axes in characteristic p.
Abstract: I will talk about work in progress on computing the algebraic K-theory of the singular affine curve given by the coordinate axes in affine space over F_p-algebras. In the analogous case over the rational numbers the K-theory groups were computed by Geller, Reid and Weibel. Hesselholt then carried out the computation over F_p-algebras in the 2-dimensional case. I will sketch the computation for arbitrary dimensions, using the cyclotomic trace map from K-theory to topological cyclic homology. The cyclotomic trace amazingly allows one to give completely explicit calculations.
14.05: Ganda Day in Copenhagen.
Room: Aud 2.

Three recent results in Number Theory will be presented by members of the IRN GANDA, a partnership between France, Denmark, South Africa and Madagascar.

  • Jean-Marc Deshouillers (Bordeaux): Arithmetic and automatons.
  • Ian Kiming (Copenhagen): Modular forms modulo prime powers.
  • Florian Luca (Johannesburg): Prime factors of interesting integers.

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11.05: Somnath Jha (IIT Kanpur).
Room: Aud 8.
Title: A duality result for Selmer groups.
Abstract: We will discuss a duality result for Selmer groups over $p$-adic Lie extensions. An important ingredient in this is a twisting lemma, which will also be discussed. This talk is based on joint work with T. Ochiai and G. Zabradi.
07.05: Noriko Yui (Queen's University).

Room: Aud 9.
Title: Supercongruences for rigid hypergeometric Calabi-Yau threefolds
Abstract: We give two proofs of the supercongruences for the fourteen rigid hypergeometric Calabi-Yau threefolds defined over Q. The existence of such supercongruences was conjectured (based on numerical evidence) by F. Rodriguez-Villegas in 2003. This is a joint work with Ling Long, Fang-Ting Tu and Wadim Zudilin.

30.03: Linda Frey (Basel).
Room: Aud 10.
Title: Explicit Small Height Bound for $\mathbb{Q}(E_{tor})$.
Abstract: Let $E$ be an elliptic curve defined over $\mathbb{Q}$. We will show that there exists an explicit constant $C>0$ which is only dependent on the conductor and the $j$-invariant of $E$ such that the absolute logarithmic Weil height of a non-zero $a\in{\mathbb{Q}(E_{tor})-\mu}$ is always greater than $C$ where $E_{tor}$ denotes all the torsion points of $E$ and $\mu$ are the roots of unity.

11.01: Cody Lee Gunton (Arizona).
Room: Aud 5.
Notice: On Thursday at 13:00.
Title: Néron component groups and crystalline representations
Abstract: Let $A_K$ be an abelian variety over a finite extension $K$ of the $p$-adic numbers. Attached to $A_K$ are its Néron model $A$, a smooth group defined over the integers $O$ of $K$, and its $p$-adic Tate module $T$, a representation of the absolute Galois group of $K$. The reduction of $A$ modulo the prime ideal of $O$ may not be connected; let $\Phi$ be its component group. There is a subtle and important relationship between the geometry of $A$ and the Galois representation $T$; for instance, it is a result of Coleman and Iovita that one can detect from $T$ whether or not $A$ is proper. In this talk I will present my work, which builds on work of Kim-Marshall in the case of $K$ unramified, showing that the $p$-power torsion in $\Phi$ can be calculated from the cohomology of $T$ if $A$ is semiabelian. Along the way, I will give examples to highlight issues relating to ramification in $K$, and will explain how these issues can be addressed using $p$-adic uniformization and recent work in torsion $p$-adic Hodge theory.

9.01: Alexander Walker (Brown).
Room: aud 7.
Notice: On Tuesday at 15:15.
Title: Second Moment Results in the Gauss Circle Problem.
Abstract: The Gauss circle problem is a classic problem in analytic number theory which concerns estimates for the number of lattice points enclosed by a circle of large radius.  Improved error bounds in this problem have traditionally come from refinements to the Hardy-Littlewood circle method. In this talk, I will describe a new attack on the Gauss circle problem (and generalizations) based on the meromorphic properties of a type of Dirichlet series called a shifted convolution sum.  This talk incorporates joint work with Tom Hulse, Chan Ieong Kuan, and David Lowry-Duda.

3.01: Jitendra Bajpai (Göttingen).
Room: aud 8.
Notice: On Wednesday at 13:15.
Title: Arithmeticity and Thinness of hypergeometric groups.
Abstract: The monodromy groups of hypergeometric differential equations of type nFn-1 are often called hypergeometric groups. These are subgroups of GL_n. Recently, Arithmeticity and Thinness of these groups have caught a lot of attention. In the talk, a gentle introduction and recent progress to the theory of hypergeometric groups will be presented.

15.12: Richard Griffon (Leiden).
Room: Aud 6.
Title: Bounds on special values of L-functions of elliptic curves in an Artin-Schreier family.
Abstract: L-functions of elliptic curves over global fields conjecturally encode a lot of information about their arithmetic. In general though, even for elliptic curves $E$ over $F_q(t)$, little is known about their L-functions $L(E, s)$. For example, consider the first non-zero coefficient $L*(E,1)$ in the Taylor expansion of $L(E,s)$ around the point $s=1$ (the "special value"): the size of $L*(E,1)$ remains elusive. One expects that $L*(E, 1)$ is “generically” as big as it possibly can when compared to the conductor of $E$, but this has only been proved in a very limited number of cases. In this talk, I will report on a work in progress about an infinite family of elliptic curves $E$ in an Artin-Schreier family over $K=F_q(t)$. I computed their L-functions explicitly, and I am able to deduce a very precise asymptotic bound on $L*(E,1)$ in terms of the conductor of $E$. Via the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture (which is a theorem in this case), one can translate this bound into an asymptotic estimate of certain arithmetic invariants of these elliptic curves $E$.

8.12: DADA Day in Aarhus:

6.12: Tiago Jardim da Fonseca (Paris-Orsay).
Room: Aud 8.
Title: Higher Ramanujan equations and periods of abelian varieties.
Abstract: The Ramanujan equations are certain algebraic differential equations satisfied by the classical Eisenstein series $E_2$, $E_4$, $E_6$. These equations play a pivotal role in the proof of Nesterenko's celebrated theorem on the algebraic independence of values of Eisenstein series, which gives in particular a lower bound on the transcendence degree of fields of periods of elliptic curves. Motivated by the problem of extending Nesterenko's transcendence methods to other settings, we shall explain how to generalize Ramanujan's equations to higher dimensions via a geometric approach, and how the values of a particular solution of these equations relate with periods of abelian varieties.

24.11: Alex Kemarski (Copenhagen).
Room: Aud 10.
Title: On Galois cohomology.
Abstract: Following Serre, "Galois cohomology" book, I will explain the notion of a field of type (F), prove that every p-adic field is of type (F) and state the Borel-Serre theorem about finiteness of orbits (theorem 4.4.5 from the book). 

15-17.11: Conference in Copenhagen: Rational Points and Zariski Density.

10.11: Riccardo Pengo (Copenhagen).
Room: Aud 8.
Title: An adelic description of modular curves.
Abstract: The aim of this talk will be to survey the relationships between modular curves and the ring of adèles of the rational numbers. The first ones are moduli spaces of elliptic curves with a prescribed torsion structure, which play a key role in the study of modular forms and in the proof of the modularity theorem. On the other hand the ring of adèles is a really algebraic object aiming to put together all the possible completions of a global field, which is used in many different contexts: class field theory, local-global principles, automorphic forms. We will see how affine modular curves can be described using adèles and we will explain our attempt to generalize this construction to different compactified versions of modular curves.

03.11: Simon Kristensen (Aarhus).
Room: Aud 8.
Title: Diophantine approximation and applications - some ways in which Hardy was wrong
Abstract: Hardy famously said: " The Theory of Numbers has always been regarded as one of the most obviously useless branches of Pure Mathematics". This has of course been proven wrong several times, especially with the advent of cryptography. In this talk, we will see examples of applications of recent and classical results in Diophantine approximation. We will put particular emphasis on a surprising (at least to the speaker) application of recent results obtained in collaboration with Mumtaz Hussain to wireless communication and the so-called MIMO (Multiple Input and Multiple Output) model, in which one communicates simultaneously on many transmitting as well as receiving channels.

27.10: Marc Hindry (Paris).
Room: Aud 6.
Title: Analogue of Brauer-Siegel theorem for abelian varieties: similarities and differences.
Abstract: The classical Brauer-Siegel theorem states that for a sequence of number fields with, say, bounded degree, the product of the class number by the regulator of units behaves asymptotically like the square root of the discriminant. The analogue for abelian varieties of a given dimension defined over a global field (a number field or a function field over a finite field) replaces the three quantities by respectively the cardinality of the Shafarevich-Tate group, the Néron-Tate height regulator and the exponential height. I will describe all the objects involved, discuss the possible analogues and explain why a similar upper bound is "almost certain" and a similar lower bound unlikely.

20-21.10: Conference in Stockholm: N-cube Days VII.

13.10: Dustin Clausen (Copenhagen).
Room: Aud 8.
Title: The algebraic topology of p-adic Lie groups.
Abstract: Lazard(-Serre) proved that the cohomology of p-adic Lie groups satisfies a version of Poincare duality.  This indicates an analogy between p-adic Lie groups and real manifolds.  I will explain some results which develop this analogy further.

06.10: Daniel Bergh (Copenhagen).
Room: Aud 8.
Title: Conservative descent for semi-orthogonal decompositions.
Abstract: Semi-orthogonal decompositions arise naturally in many situations in the study of derived categories in algebraic geometry. For instance, there are naturally associated semi-orthogonal decompositions of the derived categories of blow-ups, projective bundles, Brauer-Severi schemes, gerbes and root stacks.
I will give a brief introduction to the subject. I will also present some ongoing work (joint with Olaf Schnürer) on how to construct semi-orthogonal decompositions locally, using a technique we call conservative descent. In particular, this allows us to prove existence of the semi-orthogonal decompositions for the geometric constructions mentioned above to the more general context of algebraic stacks, as well as remove some regularity and finiteness assumptions.

29.09: Lars Halle (Copenhagen).
Room: Aud 8.
Title: Degenerations of Hilbert schemes of points.
Abstract: I will present a 'good' compactification of the relative Hilbert scheme of points associated to the smooth locus of a (simple) degeneration of varieties. This compactification is obtained by GIT-methods, and yields a new, refined, approach to earlier constructions of J. Li and B. Wu.
I will also discuss a few applications to degenerations of irreducible holomorphic symplectic varieties.
This is joint work with M. Gulbrandsen and K. Hulek (and partly with Z. Zhang).

22.09: Sho Tanimoto (Copenhagen).
Room: aud 7.
Notice: At 13:00.
Title: Rational curves on Fano 3-folds.
Abstract: Brian Lehmann and I have been studying the geometry of exceptional sets in Manin’s conjecture using birational geometry. Recently we found applications of this study to the study of the space of rational curves. In the upcoming event ‘'Rational points and Zariski density’’, I will talk about these developments focusing on the motivation and the theoretical framework. In this talk, I would like to explain how the geometry of exceptional sets helps to understand dimension and number of components of moduli spaces of rational curves by working out some examples of Fano 3-folds. This is joint work with Brian Lehmann.

15.09: Fabien Pazuki (Copenhagen).
Room: aud 9.
Title: Elliptic curves and isogenies.
Abstract: Two elliptic curves $E$ and $E'$ defined over a number field $K$  
are isomorphic over the algebraic closure of $K$ if and only if they  
have the same j-invariant. A natural question is: how is this  
invariant transformed by general isogenies? We prove a new height  
bound on the difference of heights of the j-invariants of isogenous  
elliptic curves, and derive several consequences, for instance bounds  
for the height of modular polynomials and for Vélu's formulas. If time  
permits, we will add a remark on Mordell-Weil ranks of elliptic curves.

21-25.08: International PhD course: Representation theory - Number theory (Dipendra Prasad, Gautam Chinta, Alexei Entin).

Program 2016-2017:

26-30.06: Masterclass with Matthew Morrow (Jussieu-Paris) and Thomas Nikolaus (MPI Bonn): Stable Homotopy Theory and p-adic Hodge Theory.

19.06: Hartmut Monien (Bonn).
Room: aud 9.
Notice: On Monday at 14:15.
Title: Belyi maps of non-congruence subgroups of the modular group associated to sporadic groups.
Abstract: Determining Fourier coefficients of modular forms of a finite index non-congruence subgroups of $PSL_2(\mathbb{Z})$ is still a non-trivial task. In my talk, I will describe a new algorithm to reliably calculate an approximation for a modular form of given weight. As an application, we have calculated Belyi maps which realize sporadic groups as the Galois group of three-point ramified cover over $\mathbb{P}^1(\mathbb{C})$ for all genus zero sporadic groups.

15.06: Ariyan Javanpeykar (Mainz).
Room: aud 5.
Notice: On Thursday at 13:15.
Title: Arithmetic, algebraic, and analytic hyperbolicity.
Abstract: The Lang-Vojta conjecture predicts that a complex algebraic variety is algebraically hyperbolic if and only if it is analytically hyperbolic if and only if it is arithmetically hyperbolic. This conjecture is known for the moduli space of polarized abelian varieties by work of Borel, Faltings, and Zuo. In this talk, I will explain this conjecture,  discuss its consequences for smooth hypersurfaces and Calabi-Yau varieties, and present a p-adic extension of the Lang-Vojta conjecture for the moduli space of polarized abelian varieties, using Scholze's theory of perfectoid spaces. Finally, I will discuss the conjecture for the moduli space of canonically polarized varieties. 

13.06: Peter Sarnak (Princeton).
Room: aud 4.
Notice: On Tuesday at 15:15, joint with Harald Bohr Lecture.
Title: Navigating $U(2)$ with Golden Gates.
Abstract: The problem of devising optimally efficient universal gates for quantum computing is one of finding the best generators for rotation groups. We will discuss recent developments concerning ‘Golden Gates,’ which are number theoretic generators of $U(2)$. The tools range from groups associated with the platonic solids to modern diophantine problems of sums of squares.

19.05: Yohan Brunebarbe (Univ Zürich).
Room: aud 8.
Notice: On Friday at 13:15.
Title: Hyperbolicity of moduli spaces of abelian varieties.
Abstract: For any positive integers g and n, let A_g(n) be the moduli space of principally polarized abelian varieties with a level-n structure (it is a smooth quasi-projective variety for n>2). Building on works of Nadel and Noguchi, Hwang and To have shown that the minimal genus of a curve contained in A_g(n) grows with n. We will explain a generalization of this result dealing with subvarieties of any dimension. In particular, we show that all subvarieties of A_g(n) are of general type when n > 6g. Similar results are true more generally for quotients of bounded symmetric domains by lattices.

15.05: Yiannis N. Petridis (UCL/UCPH).
Room: aud 10.
Notice: On Thursday at 12:45, joint with Geometry and Analysis Seminar.
Title: Arithmetic Statistics of modular symbols.
Abstract: Mazur, Rubin, and Stein have recently formulated a series of conjectures about statistical properties of modular symbols in order to understand central values of twists of elliptic curve L-functions. Two of these conjectures relate to the asymptotic growth of the first and second moments of the modular symbols. In joint work with Morten S. Risager we prove these on average using analytic properties of Eisenstein series twisted by modular symbols. We also prove another conjecture predicting the Gaussian distribution of normalized modular symbols ordered according to the size of the denominator of the cusps. 

11.05: Sho Tanimoto (KU).
Room: aud 8.
Notice: On Thursday at 15:15, joint with Geometry and Analysis Seminar.
Title: Zero-loci of Brauer elements on semisimple groups.
Abstract: Suppose that we have a family of smooth projective varieties defined over a number field k whose base is a projective space. One can consider the number of varieties in the family containing a k-rational points and its asymptotic formula. Such a problem was first considered by Serre for a family of conics. In this talk I would like to explain a similar problem for certain families of varieties over semisimple groups and a solution to that problem using spectral theory of automorphic forms. This is joint work with Daniel Loughran and Ramin Takloo-Bighash.

8.05-11.05: Master Class: Cohomology of Arithmetic Groups.

8.05: Herbert Gangl (Durham University).
Room: aud 8.
Notice: On Monday at 15:15, joint with Algebra and Topology Seminar.
Title: Zagier's polylogarithm conjecture revisited.
Abstract: In the early nineties, Goncharov proved the weight 3 case of Zagier's Conjecture stating that the special value $\zeta_F(3)$ of a number field $F$ is essentially expressed as a determinant of trilogarithm values taken in that field. He also envisioned a vast--partly conjectural--programme of how to approach the conjecture for higher weight. We can remove one important obstacle in weight 4 by solving one of Goncharov's conjectures. It further allows us to deduce a functional equation for $Li_4$ in four variables as one expects to enter in a more explicit definition of $K_7(F)$.

5.05: Henrik Schlichtkrull (KU).
Room: aud 8.
Notice: On Friday at 12:30, joint with Geometry and Analysis Seminar.
Title: Asymptotic density of integer points on wavefront spherical spaces.
Abstract: Given a homogeneous space Z of an algebraic real reductive group G and an orbit D in Z of a discrete subgroup of G with cofinite volume, and given an increasing and exhaustive family of compact subsets B_R (called balls) of Z, one wants to determine the expected number of points from D in B_R for large R. For the Euclidean plane Z this is the famous circle problem of Gauss. The talk concerns the solution of this problem, including an error estimate, for a particular family of homogeneous spaces and a geometrically defined family of balls.

3.03: David Holmes (Leiden).
Room: aud 10.
Notice: On Friday at 13:15.
Title: Rational torsion points and String theory.
Abstract: I will try to explain how I started working to understand rational torsion points on abelian varieties, and ended up studying problems related to string theory. The key player in this story is the double ramification cycle (DRC). For a number theorist, the DRC can behave like a generalisation of a modular curve to abelian varieties of higher dimension, and understanding its rational points would give a lot of information about rational torsion points. The DRC is also of interest in enumerative geometry, for example as a prototype for defining Gromov-Witten invariants of Artin stacks. After explaining some of this story, I will describe new results on compactifications and integral models of the DRC.

27.02: Joseph Ayoub (Zurich).
Room: aud 8.
Notice: On Monday at 15:15, joint with Algebra/Topology seminar.
Title: Motivic Galois groups and periods.
Abstract: I'll explain the construction of a motivic Galois group $G_{mot}(k,\sigma)$ associated to a field $k$ endowed with a complex embedding $\sigma$. I'll discuss some known results and some conjectures. In particular, I'll describe the conjectural relation to periods of algebraic varieties and the non conjectural relation to solutions of Gauss-Manin connections.

20.02: Dustin Clausen (Copenhagen).
Room: aud 8.
Notice: On Monday at 15:15, joint with Algebra/Topology seminar.
Title: A general approach to Artin maps.
Abstract:  If $F$ is a global field, then the Artin map for $F$ is a certain homomorphism from $(A_F)^*/F^*$ to the abelianized absolute Galois group of $F$. Its very existence implies the Artin reciprocity law, a generalization of the quadratic reciprocity law. But there are other fields of arithmetic significance than the global fields, and many of them also have Artin maps. For example, if $F$ is a local field, then the Artin map has source $F^*$ instead. We will describe a way to produce these Artin maps which is uniform in the field, and works even in much more general situations, e.g. for an arbitrary non-commutative ring. A consequence is a new proof of the Artin reciprocity law. The methods are homotopy theoretic, based on a simple topological construction with tori and two new kinds of K-theory.

20.01: Giovanni Rosso (Cambridge).
Room: aud 7.
Notice: On Friday at 13:15.
Title: Eigenvarieties for non-cuspidal Siegel modular forms.
Abstract: Since the seminal work of Serre and Swinnerton-Dyer, people have been interested in congruences between eigenforms. After recalling some foundational results of Hida and Coleman on p-adic families of modular forms, we shall explain how Andreatta, Iovita and Pilloni constructed families of cuspidal Siegel forms and how their work can be generalised to non-cuspidal forms. This is joint work with Riccardo Brasca.

21.12: Farbod Shokrieh (Cornell Univ.).
Room: aud 5.
Notice: On Wednesday at 14:00.
Title: Metric graphs, potential theory, and applications.
Abstract: A metric graph can be viewed, in many respects, as a non-Archimedean analogue of an algebraic curve. For example, there is a notion of Jacobian for graphs. More classically, metric graphs can be viewed as electrical networks. I will discuss the interplay between these two points of view, and discuss some applications.

21.12: Johannes Nicaise (Imperial College).
Room: aud 5.
Notice: On Wednesday at 13:00.
Title: From elementary number theory to string theory and back again.
Abstract: I will describe some surprising interactions between number theory, algebraic geometry and mirror symmetry that have appeared in my recent work with Mircea Mustata and Chenyang Xu and that have led to a solution of Veys' 1999 conjecture on poles of maximal order of Igusa zeta functions. The talk will be aimed at a general audience and will emphasize some key ideas from each of the fields involved rather than the technical aspects of the proof.

16.12: Ziyu Zhang (Hannover).
Room: aud 8.
Notice: On Friday at 11:00.
Title: Holomorphic symplectic manifolds among Bridgeland moduli spaces
Abstract: We consider moduli spaces of semistable complexes on a projective K3 surface with respect to generic Bridgeland stability conditions. Similar to the sheaf case, the smooth ones among them are holomorphic symplectic manifolds, and the 10-dimensional singular ones admit symplectic resolutions. I will explain why these examples of holomorphic symplectic manifolds are all deformation equivalent to the known ones. By generalizing the prominent work of Bayer and Macri, we can also study the birational geometry of the 10-dimensional singular moduli spaces via wall-crossing on the stability manifold. This is a joint work with C.Meachan.

9.12: Marius Leonhardt (Univ. of Cambridge).
Room: aud 8.
Notice: On Friday at 13:15.
Title: Galois characteristics of local fields.
Abstract: What characteristics of a field can be deduced from its absolute Galois group?Does the Galois group uniquely determine the field? It turns out that the answer to this question depends on the "type" of field. For example, any two finite fields have isomorphic absolute Galois groups, whereas two number fields are isomorphic if and only if their Galois groups are.
In the case of finite extensions of Q_p, there are non-isomorphic fields with isomorphic Galois groups. However, if one requires the group isomorphism to respect the filtration given by the ramification subgroups, then S. Mochizuki has shown that one can fully reconstruct the field.
In this talk I will give an overview of the methods involved in Mochizuki's proof, focusing on the use of Hodge-Tate representations in the construction of an isomorphism between two given fields.

28.11: Hui Gao (Helsinki).
Room: 4.4.20.
Notice: On Monday at 13:15.
Title: Overconvergence of \'etale $(\varphi, \tau)$-modules
Abstract: The category of \'etale $(\varphi, \tau)$-modules, similar as the category of \'etale $(\varphi, \Gamma)$-modules, is equivalent to the category of $p$-adic Galois representations. A classical theorem of Cherbonnier-Colmez says that all \'etale $(\varphi, \Gamma)$-modules are overconvergent. In this talk, we show that all \'etale $(\varphi, \tau)$-modules are also overconvergent. Our method is completely different from that of Cherbonnier-Colmez. The key idea is a certain crystalline approximation technique. This is joint work with Tong Liu.

8.11: Robin de Jong (Leiden).
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: On Tuesday at 16:15.
Title: Neron-Tate heights of cycles on jacobians.
Abstract: We discuss a method to calculate explicitly the Neron-Tate height of 
certain integral cycles on jacobians of curves defined over global fields. 
For example, we obtain closed expressions for the Neron-Tate height of the 
difference surface, the Abel-Jacobi image of (the square of) the curve, 
and of any symmetric theta divisor on the jacobian. We discuss 
applications to the effective Bogomolov conjecture. The results are 
phrased in terms of arithmetic intersection theory on the curve.

28.10: Brian Lehmann (Boston College).
Room: Aud 10.
Title: Positivity for curves.
Abstract: The best way to capture the geometry of a divisor is to study the asymptotic behavior of sections of multiples of the divisor.  This leads to a rich theory of "positivity" relating asymptotic and intersection-theoretic invariants.  I will discuss recent progress in understanding the analogous picture for curves.  Much of this work was done jointly with Mihai Fulger or Jian Xiao.

14.10: Jesse Jääsaari (University of Helsinki).
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: from 13:15 to 14:15.
Title: On exponential sums involving Fourier coefficients of automorphic forms.
Abstract: In this talk I will discuss moments and pointwise bounds for exponential sums involving Fourier coefficients of automorphic forms. This is joint work with Esa V. Vesalainen.

Program 2015-2016:

15.06: Jasper Van Hirtum (KU Leuven and Univ. Luxembourg)
Room: Aud 8.
Notice: on Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00.
Title: On the distribution of Frobenius of weight 2 eigenforms with quadratic coefficient field.
Abstract: The coefficients of a modular form without so called inner twists are elements of a  totally real number field. If this number field is different from Q then one can study the set of primes p such that the p-th coefficient is a rational number. This set is known to be of density zero. However only conjectural statements exists on its size. Using the latest results on the Sato-Tate conjecture for Abelian varieties we obtain a heuristic model for the asymptotic size of this set under reasonable assumptions. More precisely we treat the case of weight 2 eigenforms with quadratic coefficient field without inner twist. Moreover we present numerical data which agrees with our model and the assumptions we made to obtain it.

9.06: Olivier Taïbi (Imperial).
Room: Aud 5.
Notice: on Thursday from 13:15 to 14:15.
Title: Arthur's multiplicity formula for certain inner forms of special orthogonal and symplectic groups.
Abstract: I will explain the formulation and proof of Arthur's multiplicity formula for automorphic representations of special orthogonal groups and certain inner forms of symplectic groups G over a number field F. I work under an assumption that substantially simplifies the use of the stabilisation of the trace formula, namely that there exists a non-empty set S of real places of F such that G has discrete series at places in S and is quasi-split at places outside S, and restricting to automorphic representations of G(A_F) which have algebraic regular infinitesimal character at the places in S. In particular, this proves the general multiplicity formula for groups G such that F is totally real, G is compact at all real places of F and quasi-split at all finite places of F. Crucially, the formulation of Arthur's multiplicity formula is made possible by Kaletha's recent work on local and global Galois gerbes and their application to the normalisation of Kottwitz-Langlands-Shelstad transfer factors. I will also explain why these particular hypotheses are often enough to handle arithmetic applications.

3-4.06: N-cube Days IV.

31.05: Lance Gurney (Univ. Amsterdam).
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: on Tuesday from 16:15 to 17:15.
Title: Arithmetic of the moduli space of CM elliptic curves.
Abstract: In this talk I will describe certain arithmetic structures possessed by the moduli space M of elliptic curves with CM by the ring of integers O_K of a fixed imaginary quadratic field K. In the first part of the talk I will explain how M admits a commuting family of endomorphisms \psi_P: M --> M lifting the various Frobenius endomorphisms modulo each prime P of O_K. Exploiting this structure leads to generalisations of results of Gross on the existence of global minimal models and of Taylor-Cassou-Nogues on the monogenicity of the rings of integers of the ray class fields of K. In the second part of the talk I will explain how the existence of the endomorphisms \psi_P is a consequence of the fact that M admits a Lambda-O_K-structure (a notion due to Borger). This implies the existence of a global, multi-prime theory of canonical lifts for CM elliptic curves analogous to the usual theory of Serre-Tate for ordinary elliptic curves. This allows for two curious constructions. The first is an infinite dimensional, smooth and affine cover of M and the second is an exact sequence related to both p-adic and complex periods.

20.05: Daniel Loughran (Hannover University).
Room: Aud 5.
Title: Fibrations with few rational points.
Abstract: In this talk, we study the problem of counting the number of varieties in fibrations over projective spaces which contain a rational point. We obtain geometric conditions that force very few of the varieties in the family to contain a rational point, in a precise quantitative sense. This generalises the special case of conic bundles treated by Serre.

20.05: Taylor Dupuy (Hebrew University).
Room: Aud 5.
Notice: on Friday from 13:00 to 14:00.
Title: Some constructions used in Mochizuki's IUT papers.
Abstract: I will touch on various constructions that appear in Mochizuki's IUT papers. Among other things, I will explain what an Etale Theta class is and the relevance of this construction in his approach to the ABC conjecture..

19.05: Jan Steffen Müller (University Oldenburg).
Room: Aud 3.
Notice: on Thursday from 14:15 to 15:15.
Title: Canonical heights on Jacobians of curves of genus two.
Abstract: To find explicit generators for the Mordell-Weil group of an abelian variety over a global field, one needs algorithms to compute canonical (i.e. N\'eron-Tate) heights of rational points and to enumerate all rational points of bounded canonical height. In my talk, I will discuss how this can be done efficiently for Jacobians of curves of genus 2. The idea is to decompose the difference between the canonical height and the corresponding naive height into a sum of local error functions. The non-Archimedean local error functions can be analyzed using Picard functors and Zhang's theory of harmonic analysis on reduction graphs. This is joint work with Michael Stoll.

19.05: Christelle Vincent.
Aud 4.
on Thursday from 13:00 to 14:00.
Computing equations of hyperelliptic curves whose Jacobian has CM.
It is known that given a CM sextic field, there exists a non-empty finite set of abelian varieties of dimension 3 that have complex multiplication by this field. Under certain conditions on the field and the CM type, this abelian variety can be guaranteed to be principally polarizable and simple. This ensures that the abelian variety is the Jacobian of a hyperelliptic curve or a plane quartic curve.
In this talk, we begin by showing how to generate a full set of period matrices for each isomorphism class of simple, principally polarized abelian variety with CM by a sextic field K. We then show how to determine whether the abelian variety is a hyperelliptic or plane quartic curve. Finally, in the hyperelliptic case, we show how to compute Rosenhain invariants for the curve.
This is joint work with J. Balakrishnan, S. Ionica and K. Lauter.

13.05: Samuel Edwards (Uppsala University).
Room: Aud 5.
Notice: on Friday from 13:15 to 14:15.
Title: Effective equidistribution of horospherical orbits.
Abstract: We will review equidistribution properties of expanding translates of horospherical orbits on homogeneous spaces, and connections to a few problems of a number-theoretic nature. In the course, we will discuss various techniques (both spectral and ergodic) of obtaining rates of effective equidistribution, and report on recent progress in generalizing a method of Burger.

2.05: Jim Stankewicz (University of Bristol).
Room: Aud 6.
Notice: on Monday from 16:15 to 17:15.
Title: Coleman's conjecture and abelian surfaces.
Abstract: In his Disquisitiones over 200 years ago, Gauss made his famous class number conjecture. In modern language this conjecture implies that there are only finitely many endomorphism rings of elliptic curves over the rational numbers. This conjecture was finally proven in the mid 1900s by Heegner, Baker, and Stark. In this talk we will review a higher dimensional analogue of this conjecture, due to Coleman. We will also give some new results and present some possible next steps in the study of Coleman's conjecture.

29.04: Rachel Newton (Univ. Reading).
Room: TBA.
Title: The Hasse norm principle for abelian extensions.
Abstract: Let L/K be an extension of number fields and let J_L and J_K be the associated groups of ideles. Using he diagonal embedding, we view L* and K* as subgroups of J_L and J_K respectively. The norm map N: J_L--> J_K restricts to the usual field norm N: L*--> K* on L*. Thus, if an element of K* is a norm from L*, then it is a norm from J_L. We say that the Hasse norm principle holds for L/K if the converse holds, i.e. if every element of K* which is a norm from J_L is in fact a norm from L*. 
     The original Hasse norm theorem states that the Hasse norm principle holds for cyclic extensions. Biquadratic extensions give the smallest examples for which the Hasse norm principle can fail. One might ask, what proportion of biquadratic extensions of K fail the Hasse norm principle? More generally, for an abelian group G, what proportion of extensions of K with Galois group G fail the Hasse norm principle? I will describe the finite abelian groups for which this proportion is positive. This involves counting abelian extensions of bounded discriminant with infinitely many local conditions imposed, which is achieved using tools from harmonic analysis.
     This is joint work with Christopher Frei and Daniel Loughran.

21.04: Christian Maire (Univ Franche-Comté).
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: on Thursday from 14:15 to 15:15.
Title: Decomposition in infinite extensions of number fields.
Abstract: The aim of the talk is to show in two contexts the importance of the knowledge of the set of decomposed places in an infinite extension : (i) for the mu-invariant ; (ii) for the exponent of the class group along a p-tower.

08.04: Kazim Buyukboduk (Koc Univ).
Room: Aud 9.
Title: Perrin-Riou's conjecture and rational points on supersingular elliptic curves.
Abstract: I will report on some work in progress towards Perrin-Riou's conjecture (that predicts the non-vanishing of the $p$-adic Beilinson-Kato elements when the analytic rank of an elliptic curve $E$ equals one). We will simultaneously treat all $p$-semistable and $p$-supersingular elliptic curves, and in the case of the latter, we will also show how one can then construct a $\mathbb{Q}$-rational point on $E$ of infinite order, starting off with the special values of $p$-adic L-functions. Our approach is altogether different from those of Bertolini and Darmon (who handle elliptic curves with good ordinary reduction) and it is based on the general theory of $\Lambda$-adic Kolyvagin systems.

26.02: Helge Ruddat (Univ. of Mainz).
Room: Aud 8.
Title: Tropical descendent log Gromov-Witten invariants.
Abstract: Descendent Gromov-Witten invariants play a central role in canonical deformations of Landau-Ginzburg models as well as the multiplication rules of generalized theta functions, both relevant for (homological) mirror symmetry. In a joint work with Travis Mandel, I prove that tropical Gromov-Witten invariants with psi class conditions coincide with descendent log Gromov Witten invariants for smooth toric varieties whenever non-superabundance is given. We use toric degenerations a la facon de Siebert-Nishinou and we expect that our approach will be generalizable to Mumford or Gross-Siebert type degenerations.

19.02: Julia Brandes (Chalmers Univ. Göteborg).
Room: Aud 8.
Title: On the number of linear spaces on hypersurfaces with a prescribed discriminant.
Abstract: For a given form $F \in \Z[x_1,\dots,x_s]$ we apply the circle method in order to give an asymptotic estimate of the number of $m$-tuples $\mathbf x_1, \dots, \mathbf x_m$ on the hypersurface $F(X) = 0$ having $\det ( \mathbf x_1, \dots, \mathbf x_m)^t \, (\mathbf x_1, \dots, \mathbf x_m)) = b$. As a corollary, we obtain a count of rational linear spaces contained in the hypersurface $F(\mathbf x) = 0$ having dimension exactly $m$, thus addressing a weakness of previous results.

20.01: Daniel Bergh (MPI Bonn).
Room: Aud 5.
Notice: on Wednesday from 13:15 to 14:15.
Title: Applications of destackification.
Abstract: Stacky blow-ups are particularly well-behaved birational modifications of algebraic stacks. We give an algorithm which can be used to modify certain smooth stacks such that they become smooth schemes by using sequences of stacky blow-ups.Since this removes the "stackiness" from the stack in a controlled way, we call the process destackification. I will briefly describe what destackification is and mention some possible applications. More specifically, I will mention some results from two ongoing projects:
* Geometricity for derived categories of algebraic stacks (with Lunts, Schnürer).
* A comparison theorem for equivariant categorical measures (with Gorshinsky, Larsen, Lunts).

19.01: Davide Veniani (Hannover).
Room: Aud 8.
Notice: on Tuesday from 15:15 to 16:15.
Title: Lines on K3 quartic surfaces.
Abstract: On a smooth complex quartic surface there are at most 64 lines: this theorem was first stated by B. Segre in 1943, then correctly proven by Rams and Schütt about 70 years later. I will talk about a new geometric proof which extends the theorem to quartic surfaces with isolated ADE singularities. This new proof gives a deeper insight on particular configurations of lines. If time allows, I will talk about the same problem over fields of positive characteristic.

18.01: Robert Kucharczyk (Bonn).
Room: Aud 7.
Notice: on Monday from 10:15 to 11:15.
Title: On congruence subgroups of Fuchsian groups
Abstract: Subgroups of finite index in SL(2,Z) have been intensively studied since the 19th century. These can be divided into congruence and non-congruence subgroups. The former feature prominently in the theory of elliptic curves and have many remarkable special properties, but are much rarer. A similar distinction can be made for general arithmetic subgroups of SL(2,R).
In my talk I will argue that congruence subgroups can also be defined in a natural way for some non-arithmetic lattices in SL(2,R) appearing in algebraic geometry, and present some results suggesting that this generalised notion again produces a sharp dichotomy for these groups. These include a rigidity theorem for lattices in SL(2,R) that serves as a replacement for Mostow's rigidity theorem (which is false for SL(2,R)) and makes use of this generalised notion of congruence subgroups, hence acquiring an adelic flavour.

16.12: Pierre Le Boudec (EPFL Lausanne).
Room: 4013 in the Bio Center.
Notice: on Wednesday from 14:15 to 15:15.
Title: Height of rational points on elliptic curves in families.
Abstract: Given a family F of elliptic curves defined over Q, we are interested in the set H(Y) of curves E in F, of positive rank, and for which the minimum of the canonical heights of non-torsion rational points on E is bounded by some parameter Y. When one can show that this set is finite, it is natural to investigate statistical properties of arithmetic objects attached to elliptic curves in the set H(Y). We will describe some problems related to this, and will state some results in the case of families of quadratic twists of a fixed elliptic curve..

11.12: Valentijn Karemaker (Utrecht).
Room: Aud 10.
Notice: on Friday, 13:15-14:15.
Title: Local and adelic Hecke algebra isomorphisms.
Abstract: First, let K and L be number fields and let G be a linear algebraic group over Q. Suppose that there is a topological group isomorphism of points on G over the adeles of K and L, respectively. We establish conditions on the group G, related to the structure of its Borel groups, under which K and L have isomorphic adele rings.
As a corollary, we show that when K and L are Galois over Q, an isomorphism of Hecke algebras for GL(n), which is an isometry in the L1- norm implies that K and L are isomorphic as fields.
Secondly, let K and L be non-Aarchimedean local fields of characteristic zero. Analogous results to the number fields case still hold. However, we show that the Hecke algebra for GL(2) for any local field is Morita equivalent to the same complex algebra, determined by the Bernstein decomposition.

1.12: Samuele Anni (University of Warwick).
Room: Aud 9.
Notice: on Tuesday, 16:15-17:15.
Title: The inverse Galois problem, abelian varieties and uniform realizations.
Abstract: Let $\overline{\mathbb{Q}}$ be an algebraic closure of
$\mathbb{Q}$, let $n$ be a positive integer and let $\ell$ a prime
number. Given a curve $C$ over $\mathbb{Q}$ of genus $g$, it is
possible to define a Galois representation $\rho:
\mathrm{Gal}(\overline{\mathbb{Q}}/\mathbb{Q}) \to
\mathrm{GSp}_{2g}(\mathbb{F}_\ell)$, where $\mathbb{F}_\ell$ is the
finite field of $\ell$ elements and $\mathrm{GSp}_{2g}$ is the general
symplectic group in $\mathrm{GL}_{2g}$, corresponding to the action of
the absolute Galois group
$\mathrm{Gal}(\overline{\mathbb{Q}}/\mathbb{Q})$ on the $\ell$-torsion
points of its Jacobian variety $J(C)$. If $\rho$ is surjective, then
we realize $\mathrm{GSp}_{2g}(\mathbb{F}_\ell)$ as a Galois group over
In this talk I will describe a joint work with Pedro Lemos and Samir
Siksek, concerning the realization of
$\mathrm{GSp}_6(\mathbb{F}_\ell)$ as a Galois group for infinitely
many odd primes $\ell$. Moreover I will describe uniform realizations
of linear groups.

27.11: Ian Petrow (EPFL).
Room: Aud 10.
Title: A twisted Motohashi formula.
Abstract: Some of the strongest currently-known subconvex bounds are for L-functions of cusp forms twisted by quadratic characters and are due to Conrey and Iwaniec. Their estimate is derived from an estimate of the cubic moment of those L-functions. I will present a Motohashi-type formula which describes the dual sums of this cubic moment.  This Motohashi formula is crucial in extending Conrey and Iwaniec's results to the particularly challenging case of weight 2 cusp forms. 

12-13.11 : Arithmetic Geometry Days 2015.

Jean-Benoît Bost (Paris-Sud)
Klaus Hulek (Hannover)
Dan Petersen (Copenhagen)
Martin Westerholt-Raum (Gothenburg)
Stefan Schröer (Düsseldorf)
Michael Stoll (Bayreuth)
Sho Tanimoto (Copenhagen)
Gabor Wiese (Luxembourg)

10.11: Alan Hertgen (Univ Bordeaux).
Room: Aud 8.
Notice: on Tuesday from 16:15 to 17:15.
Title: Splitting properties of the reduction of semi-abelian varieties.
Abstract: Let G/K be a semi-abelian variety over a discrete valuation field. The special fiber of the Neron model of G/K is an extension of the connected component of 0 by the group of components. We say that G/K has split reduction if this extension is split. We will recall some results obtained by Liu and Lorenzini and talk about some generalizations of these. For instance, whereas G/K has always split reduction if the residue characteristic is 0, we prove that it is no longer the case if the residue characteristic is> 0 even if G/K is tamely ramified. If J/K is the Jacobian variety of a smooth proper and geometrically connected curve C/K of genus g, we prove that for any tamely ramified extension M/K of degree greater than a constant, depending on g only, J_M/M has split reduction.

9.11: Aftab Pande (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro).
Room: Aud 9.
Notice: on Monday from 16:15 to 17:15.
Title: An elementary construction of p-adic families of Hilbert Modular forms.
Abstract: We use an idea of Buzzard and give an elementary construction of a p-adic family of Hilbert Modular eigenforms. In previous work of the author, results on local constancy of slope alpha spaces of Hilbert modular forms were obtained in the spirit of the Gouvea-Mazur conjectures. Assuming the dimensions of the slope alpha spaces is 1, we are able to obtain a p-adic family of Hilbert Modular Forms.

6.11: Niko Laaksonen (UCL, visiting KU).
Room: TBA.
Title: Lattice Point Counting in Sectors of Hyperbolic Space.
Abstract: Huber demonstrated how the hyperbolic lattice point problem in conjugacy classes corresponds to counting lattice points in a sector of the hyperbolic plane.
This is equivalent to counting geodesic segments according to length. For this problem, Good and Chatzakos--Petridis proved separately an error term analogous to that of Selberg.
We show how this generalises to three dimensions and prove a similar strong bound on the error term. We will also apply the work of Chamizo on large sieve inequalities in hyperbolic spaces to our problem in the radial and spatial aspects. In particular, we will discuss why these yield diminishing returns in higher dimensions.

25.09: Andre Chatzistamatiou (MPI Bonn).
Room: Aud 8.
Title: Integrality of p-adic integrals.
Abstract: The basic idea for integration of functions on real manifolds fails for p-adic spaces due to their totally disconnected nature. Nevertheless, Coleman was able to construct a p-adic theory of iterated integration. We will report on integrality results for such integrals. As an application we will provide lower bounds for the valuations of p-adic multiple zeta values.

22.09: Amilcar Pacheco (Rio, UFRJ).
Room: 4.4.20
Notice: on Tuesday from 10:15 to 11:15.
Title: An analogue of the Brauer-Siegel theorem for abelian varieties over function fields.
Abstract: Consider a family of abelian varieties $A_i$ of fixed dimension defined over the function field of a curve over a finite field. We assume finiteness of the Shafarevic-Tate group of $A_i$. We ask then when does the product of the order of the Shafarevic-Tate group by the regulator of $A_i$ behave asymptotically like the exponential height of the abelian variety. We give examples of families of abelian varieties for which this analogue of the Brauer-Siegel theorem can be proven unconditionally, but also hint at other situations where the behaviour is different. We also prove interesting inequalities between the degree of the conductor, the height and the number of components of the Néron model of an abelian variety.

18.09: Kentaro Mitsui (Kobe University).
Room: Aud 10.
Title: Closed points on torsors under abelian varieties.
Abstract: We show the existence of a separable closed point of small degree on any torsor under an abelian variety over a complete discrete valuation field under mild assumptions on the residue field of the valuation ring and the reduction of the abelian variety. To show the existence, we introduce and study minimal models of torsors under quasi-projective smooth group schemes.

04.09: Yuri Bilu (Bordeaux).
Room: Aud 10.
Title: Special Points on Straight Lines and Hyperbolas.
Abstract: I will speak on the recent joint work with Bill Allombert, Florian Luca, David Masser and Amalia Pizarro-Madariaga about the special points on the simplest algebraic curves. Call a point "special" if its coordinates are j-invariants of lattices with complex multiplication. I will state the general theorem of Yves André about finiteness of the number of such point of a "general" algebraic curve. Next, I will show that one can say much more in the case of the "simple" curves, like straight lines and hyperbolas.

Program 2014-2015:

16.06-17.06: N³ Days II.

12.06: Chandan Dalawat (Harish-Chandra Institute).
Room: Aud 10.
  The compositum of all degree-p extensions of a local field of residual characteristic p.
Abstract: We determine the Galois group of this extension, along with its ramification filtration.  This provides a parametrisation of degree-p extensions, and a conceptual proof Serre's mass formula in the case of degree p.

04.06: Matthieu Gendulphe (Rome).
Room: Aud 8.
Notice: on Thursday from 13:00 to 14:00.
Title: The asymptotic of the number of simple closed geodesics on a hyperbolic surface according to M Mirzakhani.
Abstract: Last summer, Maryam Mirzakhani received the Fields medal for "her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces." We will describe one of her most famous results, which illustrates the sentence above. This talk is intended for non-experts.

01.06: Panagiotis Tsaknias (Univ. of Luxembourg).
Room: Aud. 7.
Notice: at 16:15.
Title: Generalizations of Maeda's Conjecture.
Abstract: I will report on joint work with L. Dieulefait, currently in progress, on
generalizations of the Maeda conjecture. I will provide a precise generalized
version of its weak form regarding the number of newform Galois orbits for
arbitrary level and trivial nebentypus. I will also describe further ways to
generalize the original conjecture (e.g. non-trivial nebentypus, Hilbert modular
forms, strong form for arbitrary levels).

15.05: James Park (Lethbridge).
Room:  Aud 10.
Notice:  at 14:30.
Title:  Averages of elliptic curves over finite fields.
Abstract: Let E be an elliptic curve over the rationals. For any prime p, let F_p denote the finite field with p elements. If p is a prime of good reduction then we define the group of points on the reduced elliptic curve over F_p as E_p(F_p). In this talk we consider two functions defined on the primes. In particular, we define a function that counts the number of primes such that  #E_p(F_p)=N, for a fixed integer N and a function that counts pairs of distinct primes (p,q) such that #E_p(F_p)=q and #E_q(F_q)=p. We present results on the average of these functions over a family of elliptic curves.

15.05: Daniel Loughran (Hannover).
Room:  Aud 10.
Notice:  at 13:15.
Title: Good reduction of complete intersections.
Abstract: In 1983, Faltings proved the famous Mordell conjecture on the
finiteness of the set of rational points on curves of higher genus.
Along the way he proved numerous other finiteness statements, including
the Shafarevich conjecture, which states that there are only finitely
many curves of higher genus over a number field which have good
reduction outside any given set of prime ideals. In this talk we shall
consider analogues of the Shafarevich conjecture for certain classes of
Fano varieties given as complete intersections in projective space. This
is joint work with Ariyan Javanpeykar.

20.04: Jean-Pierre Wintenberger (Strasbourg).
Room: Aud 8.
Notice:  at 9:00.
Title:  Ramification and Iwasawa modules.
Abstract: We state a criteria for Leopoldt conjecture and construct a Zp-extension
whose ramification satisfies most of the properties of the criteria ( jw
with Chandrashekhar Khare).

13.04: Lior Rosenzweig (KTH Stockholm).
Room: Aud 6.
Notice: at 14.15.
Title:  Diophantine approximation in nilpotent Lie groups.
Abstract: In classical Diophantine approximation one asks how well a real number x can be
approximated by an irreducible fraction whose numerator and denominator are integers. This formulation can be extended to the non-abelian world of Lie groups: A finitely generated subgroup of a real Lie group G is said to be Diophantine if there is b>0 such that non-trivial elements in the word ball B(n) centered at the identity never approach the identity of G closer than 1/|B(n)|^b, and the Lie group G is said to be Diophantine if for every k>0, a random k-tuple in G generates a Diophantine subgroup. In this talk I will discuss the case of nilpotent subgroups. We will show a characterization of Diophantine nilpotent Lie groups in terms of the ideal of laws of their Lie algebra. In particular we show that nilpotent Lie groups of class at most 5, or derived length at most 2, as well as rational nilpotent Lie groups are Diophantine. Time permitting we will also discuss further progress of this question involving the optimality of the exponent b for a given nilpotent Diophantine group G, related to the works of Kleinbock and Margulis. This is joint work with M. Aka, E. Breuillard and N. de Saxce.

06-09.04: Christopher Deninger (Münster).
Room:  Aud 5.
Notice:  Tuesday 13:15-14:15, Wednesday-Friday 14:15:15:15.
Title: Arithmetic geometry and foliated dynamical systems.
Abstract: Cohomological interpretation of the Dedekind zeta function.

24.03: Pankaj Vishe (The University of York).
Room: Aud 8.
Notice: Tuesday, March 24, at 13:15.
Title:  Uniform bounds for Period integrals and sparse equidistribution.
Abstract: Let M be a compact quotient of SL(2,R) and let f be a smooth function of zero average on M. We use spectral methods to get uniform (i.e. independent of spectral gap) bounds for twisted averages of f along long horocycle orbit segments. We apply this to obtain an equidistribution result for sparse subsets of horocycles on M. This is a joint work with J. Tanis.

16.03: Orsola Tommasi (Hannover).
Aud 8.
Monday 16 at 15:15, joint with Top.
Cohomological stabilization of complements of discriminants.
The discriminant of the space of complex polynomials of degree d in one variable is the locus of polynomials with multiple roots. Arnold proved that the cohomology of the complement of this discriminant stabilizes when the degree of the polynomials grows, in the sense that the k-th cohomology group of the space of polynomials without multiple roots is independent of the degree of the polynomials considered.
In this talk, I will present a similar stability result for the space of non-singular complex homogeneous polynomials in a fixed number of variables and its rational cohomology and discuss an extension to the more general situation of the space of sections of a very ample line bundle on a fixed non-singular variety. This is inspired by work of Vakil and Wood on stabilization behaviour in the Grothendieck group of varieties.

13.03: Bruno Winckler (Université de Bordeaux).
Room:  Aud 10.
Title: Lehmer's problem and arithmetic intersection.
Abstract: I will talk about a work in progress regarding lower bounds for the canonical height of algebraic points on elliptic curves with complex multiplications, aiming for the conjecture of Lehmer. I try to prove a better and more explicit version of a weaker form of this inequality,  due to Laurent, by using Arakelov's intersection theory: a theorem of Faltings and Hriljac links the canonical height on a elliptic curve and an intersection number on its regular minimal model.
This computation needs some explicit bounds of sums indexed by well-chosen prime numbers, obtained thanks to an explicit version of Cebotarev theorem. I will give such a version.

03.03: Arne Smeets (Université Lille 1).
Room:  Aud 4.
Notice:  Tuesday 3.03, at 15:15.
Title:  Logarithmic good reduction, monodromy and the rational volume.
Abstract: Let $R$ be a local ring which is complete for a discrete valuation, with fraction field $K$ and algebraically closed residue field $k$. Let $X$ be a smooth, proper variety over $K$. Nicaise conjectured that the rational volume of $X$ is equal to the trace of the tame monodromy operator on the $\ell$-adic cohomology if $X$ is cohomologically tame. We prove his conjecture for a large class of such varieties: those having logarithmic good reduction.

27.02: Qizheng Yin (ETH Zürich).
Room:  Aud 10.
Title:  Curve counting on abelian surfaces and threefolds.
Abstract: In this talk, we will explain a way to link Gromov-Witten and Donaldson-Thomas theories on curve counting on specific smooth projective varieties.

13.02: Cormac O'Sullivan (New York).
Room: Aud 7.
Title: Hyperbolic Fourier coefficients of modular forms.
Abstract: The usual Fourier coefficients of modular forms are
well-known and important in number theory and other fields too. These
coefficients are associated to a cusp which is just a parabolic fixed
point. In the 1940s Petersson also introduced Fourier coefficients
associated to hyperbolic fixed points. In this talk I describe what is
known about these coefficients, based on two current projects. The
elliptic case, corresponding to Taylor coefficients, will also be
discussed if time allows.

19.01: Simon Rose (Bonn).
Room: Aud 8.
Notice: Monday 19, 14:15-15:15.
Title: Beyond hyperelliptic curves on abelian surfaces.
Abstract: If one is willing to assume the crepant resolution conjecture, then there is a beautiful formula which provides a generating function for the number of hyperelliptic curves on a polarized abelian surface in terms of certain quasi-modular forms. In this talk I will go over this formula, and talk about a number of other natural other ideas that arise from looking at this problem, including mirror symmetry, Hurwitz-Hodge integrals, and Shioda-Inose K3 surfaces.

16.01: Sho Tanimoto (Rice University).
Room: Aud 8.
Notice: Friday 16, 14:15-15:15.
Title: Distribution of rational points on algebraic varieties.
Abstract: When we count rational points of bounded height on algebraic varieties, it is important to exclude exceptional sets to capture the generic distribution of rational points on underlying varieties. This idea leads to the notion of balanced line bundles, and the study of balanced line bundles can be achieved through the study of birational geometry, e.g., the Minimal Model Program. In this talk, first I introduce height functions and counting problems, and I discuss the notion of balanced line bundles. Then I will talk about how useful birational geometry is to study this notion.

15.01: Marta Pieropan (Hannover).
Room: Aud 6.
Notice: Thursday 15, 14:15-15:15.
Title: On the distribution of rational points on Fano varieties over number fields.
Abstract: After introducing the natural questions around rational points on varieties over number fields, we focus on Manin's conjecture about the distribution of rational points on Fano varieties. This conjecture predicts an asymptotic formula for the number of points of bounded anticanonical height that is intimately related to the geometry of the variety. We see how Cox rings and universal torsors can be employed to produce parameterizations that are used to verify the conjecture in some specific cases.

9.12: Luigi Lombardi (Bonn).
Notice: Friday 9 Jan, 14:15-15:15.
 Deformations of minimal cohomology classes and regularity.
Abstract: In this talk I will present a conjecture of Debarre, Pareschi and Popa on the classification and characterization of subvarieties of abelian varieties representing a minimal cohomology class. I will discuss an approach via deformation theory to give a further evidence to the conjecture. In the second part of the talk I will establish a regularity bound called Theta-regularity for ideal sheaves of curves embedded in abelian varieties. This is a further step towards the conjecture mentioned above as Theta-regularity should characterize minimal cohomology classes as those having the least possible regularity.

15.12-16.12: Number Theory Days (I).

Monday 15.12 Tuesday 16.12
09:10-10:00 Talk 5 in Aud 1
10:10-11:00 Talk 6 in Aud 1
11:10-12:00 Talk 7 in Aud 1
13:15-14:05 Talk 1 in S11
14:10-15:00 Talk 2 in S11
15:15-16:15 Talk 3 in Aud 10
16:30-17:20 Talk 4 in Aud 6
18:30 Dinner

T1: Simon Kristensen (Univ Århus): Multiplicative problems in Diophantine approximation.
T2: Tomas Persson (Univ Lund): Hausdorff dimensions of sets in Diophantine approximation.
T3: Lars Winther Christensen (Texas Tech Univ, joint talk with Alg-Top): Tate (co)homology over associative rings.
T4: Ulf Kühn (Univ Hamburg): On the generators of a certain algebra of multiple q-zeta values.
T5: Dan Petersen (Univ Copenhagen): Cohomology of local systems on the moduli of principally polarized abelian surfaces.
T6: Per Salberger (Univ Gothenburg): Counting rational points on projective varieties.
T7: Nadim Rustom (Univ Copenhagen): Finiteness questions in the arithmetic of modular forms mod p^m.

The room S11 is in the D part of the HCØ building, nano-science center, ground floor.

5.12: Anna Arnth-Jensen.
Aud 8
Notice: Friday 5 Dec, 13:15-14:15.
Title: Exhibiting non-trivial elements of the Tate-Shafarevich group for the Jacobian of a hyperelliptic curve.
 By the Mordell-Weil theorem, the set of K-rational points on the Jacobian of a hyperelliptic curve over a number field K is a finitely generated abelian group. Via descent methods, one may hope to determine the Mordell-Weil group completely. However, the Tate-Shafarevich group constitutes an obstruction to the successful application of this methodology, since there is no known algorithm for computing this group.
In this talk I will show how non-trivial elements of the Tate-Shafarevich group for the Jacobian of a hyperelliptic curve may be exhibited by exploiting information from descents on isogenous abelian varieties. I will present some explicit examples of infinite families of higher genus curves whose Jacobians have a non-trivial Tate-Shafarevich group.

28.11: Alexander Molnar, Queen's University.
Room: Aud 8.
Notice: Friday 28 Nov, 12:30-13:30.
Title: Arithmetic on intermediate Jacobians of some rigid Calabi-Yau
Abstract: Generalizing the Jacobian variety of a curve, one may
associate to any higher dimensional complex variety X some (complex)
varieties defined in terms of cohomological quotients of X, the
intermediate Jacobians. These receive cycle class maps, so there is
much interest in being able to define them over number fields in order
to study the many open conjectures on cycles and Chow groups of
We will discuss some examples of rigid Calabi-Yau threefolds where we
may compute the intermediate Jacobians as complex tori, and show that
each model of the threefolds over the rational numbers leads to a
natural rational model of the intermediate Jacobians. This allows us
to consider (quadratic) twists of the threefolds, see how this affects
the intermediate Jacobian, and compute the L-functions of the twisted
threefolds and the respective twisted intermediate Jacobians, as well
as their special values and look for links between them.

10.11: Anders Södergren, Univ Copenhagen.
Room: Aud 6.
Title: The generalized circle problem, mean value formulas and Brownian motion.
Abstract: The generalized circle problem asks for the number of lattice points of an n-dimensional lattice inside a large Euclidean ball centered at the origin. In this talk I will discuss the generalized circle problem for a random lattice of large dimension n. In particular, I will present a result that relates the error term in the generalized circle problem to one-dimensional Brownian motion. The key ingredient in the discussion will be a new mean value formula over the space of lattices generalizing a formula due to C. A. Rogers. This is joint work with Andreas Strömbergsson.

27.10: Oscar Marmon, University of Göttingen.
Room: Aud 1.
Title: Counting integral points on complete intersections.
Abstract: We study the density of solutions to a general system of Diophantine
equations for which the underlying variety is a non-singular complete
intersection. If the number of variables is large enough in terms
of the number of equations and their degree, then the Hardy-Littlewood
circle method gives precise information about the density of solutions.
We derive upper bounds that are valid for a considerably smaller number of
variables, using a multidimensional q-analogue of van der Corput
differencing due to Heath-Brown.